THE BESTOWAL of honorary degrees will cap three days of Commencement-related activities on the University Park campus. This year’s commencement ceremony takes place on Friday, May 16.
In addition to the commencement speaker, Ruth J. Simmons, (see story, page 5) three additional exemplary individuals will receive honorary doctorate degrees. They are:
• Wallis Annenberg, vice president of the Annenberg Foundation. Annenberg’s philanthropy focuses on organizations and institutions dedicated to enriching and enhancing the quality of the arts, education and culture throughout greater Los Angeles. She serves on the USC Board of Trustees and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and is a member of numerous boards around Los Angeles. In 1993, the Annenberg Foundation gifted $120 million to the university to establish the Annenberg Center, and in September of last year, the foundation bequeathed an additional $100 million, this time to the USC Annenberg School.
• Mary Ellen Avery, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Thomas Morgan Rotch Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics (emeritus) at Harvard Medical School. Her expertise in respiratory problems of newborns and the prevention and treatment of the problems associated with surfactant replacement have made her a sought-after teacher and speaker throughout the world. In 1991, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by then- President George Bush.
• Joseph Medicine Crow, the first male from the rural Montana Crow Indian tribe to earn a college degree and the first Crow Indian to ever earn a postgraduate degree. He received a masters degree from USC in 1939. During World War II, he achieved the four traditional military deeds necessary to attain chieftaincy as a Crow Indian, an unheard-of feat in modern warfare. For more than 40 years, Crow served as the Crow Indian tribal historian and worked as an appraiser in the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. At the age of 72, he wrote his first book, “In the Heart of Crow Country: The Crow Indian’s Own Stories,” and has since written several more volumes.
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