Washington University will grant honorary degrees to six individuals at the 156th Commencement ceremony May 20.
The board of trustees voted to award five honorary degrees at this year’s commencement, which will be held on May 20 in Brookings Quadrangle.
Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis will deliver the annual commencement address, Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced at the Senior Class Toast on March 30.
Washington University’s commencement speaker for the Class of 2015 will be documentarian Ken Burns, Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced at the annual Senior Class Toast on April 2.
When Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced that Tony La Russa, former MLB manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, will be the speaker at this year’s commencement, no one was really complaining; however, no one was really excited, either.
Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been named the 2014 commencement address speaker, Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced at the senior class toast Monday. La Russa is the third-winningest manager in Major League Baseball history and led the Cardinals to two World Series championships in his 16 seasons with the club.
This time last year, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was all over the national media outlets when he saved a woman, his neighbor, from a fire in her house before the fire department arrived. After the rescue, Booker, who now has over 1.3 million Twitter followers, wrote: “Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house.
Last week, Washington University announced it will award retired chair and CEO of Monsanto, Richard Mahoney, an honorary degree at the upcoming graduation ceremony. While Monsanto has strong financial ties to the University, they are complex and controversial.
The applause was scattered. Since Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced Tuesday that Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and Washington University alum Mike Peters will be delivering this year’s commencement address, student response has been generally lukewarm.