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Nobel Laureate Among Honorees At Wash U. Commencement


Elie Wiesel to deliver commencement address



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Elie Wiesel (click for larger version)
May 20, 2011
Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) will award five honorary degrees during the university's 150th Commencement May 20.

During the ceremony, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Brookings Quadrangle, WUSTL also will bestow academic degrees on approximately 2,800 students.

Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from WUSTL.

The title of his talk is "Memory and Ethics."

Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.

The other honorary degree recipients and their degrees are:

• John H. Biggs, PhD, former CEO of TIAA-CREF and former vice chancellor for administration and finance at Washington University, doctor of humane letters;

• Shirley Ann Jackson, PhD, the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., the oldest technological university in the United States, doctor of science;

• Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), doctor of science; and

• George W. von Mallinckrodt, KBE, president of Schroders plc, a global asset management company, doctor of laws.

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