Honorary Degree Recipients also include Thomas R. Frieden, most recent head of the Centers for Disease Control, Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Jean-Marie Pierre Lehn, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Author Melissa V. Harris-Perry, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly
NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Board of Trustees Chairman William Berkley today announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s 185th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Yankee Stadium.
Pharrell Williams, the musician, songwriter, and producer, who has earned 11 Grammy Awards, and is a two-time Academy Award nominee, will address the graduates and guests on behalf of all the degree recipients. Williams, who was an artist in residence at Tisch School of the Arts last year, will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.
This year’s other recipients of honorary doctorates are:
The Honorable Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, Captain USN—co-founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions and gun violence prevention advocates after Giffords, a former Congresswoman from Arizona’s 8th District, survived an assassination attempt that left her with a traumatic brain injury—will both receive the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Candidate ticket reservations for commencement opened on March 13.