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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
Oriole Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. drew a laugh Sunday during his commencement address at the University of Maryland, College Park when he noted his wife, Kelly, graduated from the university, "although she will not allow me to reveal the year. " Dressed in a black robe and glasses, Ripken paused, leaned into the microphone carefully and said in a stage whisper, "1981. " The Comcast Center was packed to the rafters with family, friends and members of the Class of 2013. More than 7,700 students received degrees - although not at the campus-wide ceremony.
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June 1, 2014
There has been much tsk-tsking this college graduation season about students protesting their administration-chosen commencement speakers ( "College: where kids become leftists," May 25). The finger-waggers seem to take one of two positions: Either we weren't rude like that in my day or lefty faculty have corrupted the values we parents tried to give our children and have done away with free speech. (Set aside for the moment the question of how effective 18 years of parental influence must have been if it can be wiped out by a couple of hours a week with faculty members over four years.)
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By JANET FLEISCHMAN | May 1, 1991
New York. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's award of an honorary degree to Cameroon's President Paul Biya Sunday will be sadly ironic. His government has launched a brutal crackdown on the university in his own country. Since the beginning of April, hundreds of students from the University of Yaounde are reported to have been detained, held in deplorable conditions and subjected to physical abuse.Academic freedom in Cameroon is characterized by self-censorship, reinforced by the pervasive presence of security agents and occasional acts of violence by the authorities.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The two women who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the federal law banning same-sex marriage received honorary degrees during Johns Hopkins University's commencement ceremonies in Baltimore on Thursday. Many in the audience of students, families and alumni cheered loudly for Edith Windsor and her attorney Roberta Kaplan as they accepted the honors in person. Windsor's case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and resulted in a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act being declared unconstitutional.
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By Herbert London | June 18, 1999
NEW YORK -- As the season for college commencements winds down, it's a good time to look at the practice of conferring honorary degrees.Arthur Levine, president of Teachers College at Columbia University, says honorary degrees "are used to reward donors who have given money. Sometimes they are used to draw celebrities to make the graduation special."He also notes the use of honorary degrees as the "last lesson a college can teach, by showing examples of people who most represent the values the institution stands for."
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer | May 25, 1995
When the queen of Thailand passes by, her royal subjects drop to their knees out of reverence for Her Majesty.They did it on Holliday Street yesterday afternoon when Queen Sirikit and her entourage visited Baltimore's City Hall, where the sight of common folk falling at the feet of high-ranking officials is somewhat rare.So revered is the royal family as spiritual and moral leader of the Thai people, that the woman who painted the "Welcome to Baltimore" greeting posters in the country's native language was awed just to know her queen would glimpse them.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 22, 2001
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In a leafy courtyard at Yale University, the time came yesterday for President Bush to stop being funny. There had been talk enough of his mediocre grades, enough about how he snoozed instead of studied in the college library, enough of the comic self-deprecation. The president now had a serious message to deliver. "Today, I visit not only my alma mater, but the city of my birth," said Bush, who was born in this city while his father was a Yale undergraduate and became a student here himself.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2004
As a debate swirls in the Catholic Church over how to treat Catholic politicians who back abortion rights, Mount St. Mary's College has withdrawn an offer of an honorary degree to White House counsel Alberto Gonzales after a campus protest over his support for the death penalty. The reversal came after some students and faculty asked that Gonzales, a potential Supreme Court candidate, not speak at the Catholic college's commencement May 23 because of his record on the death penalty, said Mount St. Mary's President Thomas H. Powell.
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May 18, 1997
A listing of commencement exercises held yesterday incorrectly identified Samuel H. Lacy as the speaker at Loyola College. In fact, the longtime Baltimore Afro-American sports editor received an honorary degree. The commencement speaker was Tim Russert, the Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of "Meet the Press."The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 5/18/97
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By P. J. Wingate | May 16, 1991
COLIN Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf have reversed an academic trend of 40 years.That is to say, they have caused American colleges and universities to become eager, once more, to have Army generals speak at graduation exercises and receive honorary degrees -- something which has not been the case since Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall were pelted with offers of honorary degrees after World War II.Powell and Schwarzkopf have both...
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 18, 2014
Random observations for your reading pleasure: •When have you ever heard about a group of conservative students shouting down a campus speaker, invading and occupying a campus building or pressuring a school to withdraw a candidate for an honorary degree? Well … never. Yet today's headlines are full of left wing faculty and student demands for ideological purity within the ivory tower. All of which raises a question: Why do college lefties feel so free to engage in such activities?
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Johns Hopkins University will bestow an honorary degree next month on Edith "Edie" Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the federal law banning same-sex marriage. Windsor's attorney in last year's historic U.S. Supreme Court victory, Roberta Kaplan, will also receive an honorary degree at the May 22 commencement ceremony on the university's Homewood campus. The two women, lauded as heroes of the gay rights movement, are two of seven "distinguished achievers" being honored by Hopkins.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
Oriole Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. drew a laugh Sunday during his commencement address at the University of Maryland, College Park when he noted his wife, Kelly, graduated from the university, "although she will not allow me to reveal the year. " Dressed in a black robe and glasses, Ripken paused, leaned into the microphone carefully and said in a stage whisper, "1981. " The Comcast Center was packed to the rafters with family, friends and members of the Class of 2013. More than 7,700 students received degrees - although not at the campus-wide ceremony.
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April 20, 2012
Thanks to last week's news coverage, many have heard of the new Sheikh Zayed and Charlotte R. Bloomberg Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, but there is another building at Hopkins that remains largely unknown: the Blalock Clinical Science Building. Two years ago, I watched the PBS documentary, "Partners of the Heart" during a tour of Johns Hopkins with a small group of students. It showed how two men, Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, equally contributed to help save the lives of 170,000 children suffering from blue baby syndrome.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
This year's Goucher College graduates will likely enjoy one of region's quirkier commencement speeches. The school announced that Ira Glass, host of public radio's "This American Life," will give the graduation keynote on May 18. He'll also be getting an honorary degree from the school. Glass is a Baltimore native. He grew up in Baltimore County and attended Milford Mill High. Goucher also points out that he's the grandson of Frieda Friedlander from Goucher's Class of 1931.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III added an honorary degree from Harvard to his list of awards on Thursday morning, hailing it as recognition of his university's profound strides in the academic world. "The respect our colleagues at Harvard have for UMBC as a research university is clear," he said. In bestowing the degree, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust praised Hrabowski as "a galvanic force in his university's ascent." Among those who shared the honor and the stage with Hrabowski?
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,London Bureau | May 15, 1992
LONDON -- Someone once said that academic politics are fierce because the stakes are so small, which might explain the current dispute at Cambridge University.Tomorrow, the dons of that ancient center of learning about 60 miles north of London will vote on whether Jacques Derrida, the French literary philosopher, should receive a prize of diminishing value in the academic world: an honorary degree.Objections have been raised against Mr. Derrida in the philosophy and English faculties, and even from academics abroad.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,Sun Staff Writer | May 20, 1995
About 6,600 students received degrees from Goucher College, the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland at Baltimore during commencement ceremonies yesterday.William C. Richardson, the president of the Johns Hopkins University, who will step down next month, received honorary degrees from Goucher and UMAB.The University of Maryland College Park conferred degrees on approximately 4,700 students yesterday morning at the Cole Field House.They were addressed by syndicated columnist Carl T. Rowan.
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By GREGORY KANE | July 23, 2008
The nickname for athletic teams at Iowa State University is "the Cyclones." The nickname for athletic teams at the University of Iowa is "the Hawkeyes." So I made a mistake in a recent column about former U.S. Naval Academy wrestlers Lloyd Keaser and Wayne Hicks. The column said "an assistant Iowa State coach asked Hicks to work out with some 112-pound high school kid the Hawkeyes were thinking of recruiting." It should have said an assistant Iowa State coach asked Hicks to work out with some 112-pound high school kid the Cyclones were thinking of recruiting.
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May 16, 2004
McDaniel College will award more than 850 bachelor's and master's degrees at its 134th commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gill Center. Journalists and authors Jim and Kate Lehrer will be this year's honorary degree recipients. Jim Lehrer will receive a doctor of journalism, and Kate Lehrer a doctor of letters. Jim Lehrer, executive director and anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, has won numerous awards for journalism, including several Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award, William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit and the University of Missouri School of Journalism's Medal of Honor.
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