Wynton Marsalis to Be Featured At NYU’s 175th Commencement; Congressman Charles Rangel to Receive Rudin Award

NYU President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Lipton today announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s 175th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Thursday, May 10th, in Washington Square Park. Please visit the University’s Commencement Home Page for more details.

Wynton Marsalis - famed musician, composer, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center - will offer the “Response on Behalf of the Honorary Degree Recipients,” an NYU tradition. Marsalis will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.

This year’s other recipients of honorary doctorates are:

  • Baltasar Garzón Real - an investigative judge on Spain’s highest court; one of the world’s most prominent jurists, especially with regard to terrorism; and a former Fellow at NYU’s Center for Law and Security - will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.
  • Phillipe de Montebello - director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an alumnus of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts - will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
  • Cathleen Synge Morawetz - distinguished mathematician and professor emerita at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences - will receive a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa.
  • Mamphela Aletta Ramphele - physician, academic, former managing director of the World Bank, and famed anti-apartheid activist - will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.

The 2007 “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society” will be awarded to Lester Pollack, founder and partner of Centre Partners Management LLC.

The 2007 “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” will be presented to the Hon. Charles Rangel, an NYU alumnus and the dean of the New York Congressional delegation.

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