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Dartmouth Commencement 2007

(Posted 06/10/07)

Honorary degree citation to Judith Rodin, Ph.D. (Doctor of Science)
Judith Rodin, Ph.D.
Judith Rodin, Ph.D.

You have spent a professional lifetime expanding knowledge, breaking barriers, and soaring through ceilings. You earned your undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where you discovered an interest in psychology - one you have pursued for forty years and a discipline you have advanced.

As a graduate student at Columbia, and later as a faculty member at Yale, you were intrigued by questions relating to obesity, eating disorders, and body image among young women. You helped to create a new field and to alert society to a fundamental problem. For your significant research accomplishments, you were elected into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

In 1994, when you were appointed President of the University of Pennsylvania, you were the first woman president in the Ivy League. You committed that institution to strengthening teaching and research, to civic engagement and discourse, and you undertook a major effort to reenergize neighborhoods near the campus. As President of the Rockefeller Foundation since 2005, you have focused on ways to address problems in our society and have continued to be a national spokesperson for civic responsibility.

Dartmouth today is proud to join other Ivy schools who claim you as theirs, by awarding you its honorary Doctor of Science degree.

-James Wright

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