Thursday, April 28, 2005

Brokaw to Speak at Commencement

Tom Brokaw, recently removed from the NBC Nightly News, will be this year's commencement speaker. Among the other notables receiving honorary degrees are:
  • Thomas Kean, former Governor of New Jersey and chairman of the 9/11 Commission
  • Dr. Norman Borlaug, a research scientist who developed new high-yield varieties of wheat and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970
  • Lucille Clifton, former Poet Laureate of Maryland and Professor at St. Mary's College in the same state
  • Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan and affirmative action spokesman extraordinaire
  • Dr. Mathilde Krim, the founder of the AIDS Medical Foundation
  • Gordon Russell '55, former General Partner of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm
  • Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and Clinton's Ambassador to the UN

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not a terrible line up this year. They've done worse.

Anonymous said...

Brokaw's 64 or so, and he announced in 2001 that he was leaving after the election -- are you sure he was "removed"? Are you confusing him with that other anchor?

Anonymous said...

Other than Borlaug, what a collection of mediocrities.

Anonymous said...

I read "recently removed" in the colloquial, rather than literal, sense, as in "so-and-so is just recently removed from a 2-year program in Europe."

But that's just me.

Anonymous said...

Kean and Krim sound fairly impressive on the website. Former governor of NJ/9-11 commissioner and leading AIDS researcher.

Although, looking down the list, it seems that all that is required is to be in senior management at some public interest organization. Then they can introduce you at graduation in a way that suggests that you deserve some measure of credit for everything that your organization's "cause" has ever achieved.