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Ben Affleck To Receive Honorary Doctorate From Brown University

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

Actor and director Ben Affleck will receive an honorary doctorate from Brown University at its Commencement this May.

Ben Affleck is among 6 distinguished artists, writers, scientists and educators who will receive an honorary doctorate from Brown University at its 245th Commencement on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

The list of honorees, released by the university today, is the following:

Benjamin Affleck, actor and director, will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.);
Junot Díaz, author and editor, will receive a Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.);
Stanley Falkow, bacteriologist, will receive a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.);
Beverly Wade Hogan, president of Tougaloo College, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.);
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, physician and foundation president, will receive a Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.S.); and
Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.).

None of the six will be the Commencement speaker. Brown has always reserved that honor for members of the graduating class. Commencement Weekend does offer other opportunities for public presentations, including:

  • Hogan will deliver the 2013 Baccalaureate address Saturday, May 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. Because the Meeting House can only accommodate members of the graduating class, the event is simulcast to the College Green, where family and friends will gather.
  • Falkow will present a Commencement forum titled “The Impact of Infectious Diseases on History.” Commencement forums, a signature part of the weekend, will be offered Saturday morning and afternoon.

Information on these and other presentations will be updated as available on the University’s Commencement/Reunion website.

 

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