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April 18, 2012

Award recipients to be honored at commencement ceremonies

The University’s 162nd commencement ceremonies will recognize the outstanding contributions of 12 distinguished leaders and scholars who will receive honorary degrees, medals, and awards for scholarship and teaching. Ceremonies will be held on May 18, 19, and 20.

Those receiving honorary degrees are Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, Doctor of Science; Matthew Clark, Roman Catholic Bishop of Rochester, Doctor of Divinity; Robert Hurlbut, president of Hurlbut Trust and civic leader, Doctor of Science; Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, Doctor of Humane Letters; and George Walker ’56E (DMA), Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Doctor of Music.

University medals will be awarded for exemplary achievement and dedicated service to Arthur Moss ’62M (Res), professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the George Eastman Medal; and Roger Friedlander ’56, retired business executive, civic leader, and University trustee, the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal.

The Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award will be presented to musicologist Glenn Watkins ’53E (PhD), the Earl V. Moore Professor Emeritus of Music History and Musicology at the University of Michigan. The Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes alumni whose careers in academia, industry, government, or the arts have exemplified the values and attributes of the University.

University awards for teaching excellence will be given to Karen DeAngelis, assistant professor of educational leadership at the Warner School, the G. Graydon Curtis and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching; Lane Hemaspaandra, professor of computer science, Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; Gautam Mitra, professor of geological sciences, Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education; and Robert Wason, professor of music theory at the Eastman School, the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Later commencement ceremonies for the graduates of the Simon School will be held on June 10 and for the graduates of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health on June 29.

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