Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy To Speak at NYU’s 174th Commencement

New York University President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Lipton today announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s 174th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Thursday, May 11th, in Washington Square Park.

Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, will offer “A Response on Behalf of the Honorary Degree Recipients,” an NYU tradition.

This year’s other recipients of honorary doctorates are:

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov - dancer, actor, and founder and director of the Baryshnikov Center for the Arts - will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
  • Anne Marie Mulcahy - chair and CEO of Xerox - will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science degree, honoris causa.
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet - writer and filmmaker - will receive a Doctor of Letters degree, honoris causa.
  • Wilma Stein Tisch - philanthropist and civic leader - will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.

The 2006 “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society” will be awarded to Dr. Rita Hauser, an alumna of the NYU School of Law and the president of the Hauser Foundation.

The 2006 “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” will be presented to Beverly Sills Greenough, chair emerita of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera, chair emerita of the Board of Lincoln Center, and a recipient of an honorary degree from NYU in 1973.

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