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Dartmouth Commencement 2003

Posted 06/08/03

Honorary degree citation to Billie Jean King (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King

Following your first tennis lesson, at age eleven, you reported to your mother that you were going to become the best in the world. And, indeed, you did just that.

You won the Wimbledon doubles tournament as a seventeen-year old, and just two years later won the U.S. Open and Wimbledon singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. You went on to be ranked Number One in the world and to win every Grand Slam title. But being the best was never enough. You broke the barriers that impeded women's tennis - and women athletes.

The proof of your success is all around you - including here in this graduating class. You have continued your fight for equality, through the Billie Jean King Foundation and other organizations in the areas of health and education, as well as in sports. Dartmouth today salutes a champion - and honors one who makes a difference - with the degree Doctor of Humane Letters.

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