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Brokaw Addresses Graduates

Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for twenty-one years, is Dartmouth's keynote speaker at Commencement. Brokaw built a distinguished journalistic career over more than four decades, becoming one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. He  has written four best-selling books, including The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, and A Long Way from Home.

Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw is one of eight to receive honorary degrees at Commencement on June 12.

Approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees this month. In addition, the College will award eight honorary degrees. Brokaw will receive a doctor of humane letters. Other recipients include:

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (doctor of science). In the mid-1940s, Borlaug first developed successive generations of wheat varieties with broad disease resistance, adaptability to growing conditions, and high-yield potential. The wheat varieties he and his colleagues then developed  contribute to the fight against starvation today. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

Lucille Clifton (doctor of letters). The only poet to have two books named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in the same year (1988), Clifton has won many fellowships and awards for her poetry and children's books. She is Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Hilda C. Landers Professor in the Liberal Arts at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Mary Sue Coleman (doctor of science). President of the University of Michigan since August 2002, Coleman is professor of biological chemistry in the U-M Medical School and professor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She has become a national spokesperson on the issue of university admissions and affirmative action as a result of the admissions lawsuit in which the U-M prevailed in 2003.

Thomas H. Kean (doctor of laws). Kean served as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, appointed to investigate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He has been president of Drew University since 1990 and also was a two-term governor of New Jersey. As governor, Kean was rated among America's five most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine.

Dr. Mathilde Krim (doctor of science). Krim is a biomedical scientist and founder of the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization concerned with fostering and supporting AIDS research. For her work, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.

Gordon W. Russell '55 (doctor of humane letters). Russell has had a distinguished senior management career in the biomedical and healthcare industries and was, for more than twenty years, general partner at Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm. He is also a longtime supporter of  nonprofit service institutions, including the Sun Valley Writers Conference, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Woods Hole Research Center, Ravenswood Family Health Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Peninsula Community Foundation, the Dartmouth Native American Program, the Dartmouth Center for Advancement of Learning, and the Dartmouth Medical School board of overseers.

The Honorable Andrew Young (doctor of laws). Young has served as a congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and as mayor of Atlanta, as well as co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Today, he chairs GoodWorks International, which works to foster long-term economic development in Africa and the Caribbean. Young is also the keynote speaker at this year's baccalaureate ceremony.

Other Commencement weekend speakers include William H. Foege, senior medical advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health program (at Dartmouth Medical School); Thomas J. O'Neill '73, Th'74, president and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff (at the Thayer School of Engineering); and Curtis R. Welling '71, Tu'77, president and CEO of AmeriCares (at the Tuck School of Business).

By ROLAND ADAMS

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Last Updated: 5/30/08