BROWN UNIVERSITY: Brown to confer seven honorary degrees

Source: Brown University

Brown University issued the following announcement on April 24.

At its 250th Commencement on Sunday, May 27, Brown University will confer honorary doctorates on seven candidates, including two esteemed members of the Brown community, who have achieved great distinction in a variety of fields. The candidates include:

Lonnie G. Bunch III — Educator, historian and museum director

J. Michael Kosterlitz — Physicist, educator and Nobel Prize winner

Beverly E. Ledbetter — Chief legal officer and community leader

Nancy Northup — Attorney and global reproductive rights leader

Giuseppe Penone — Visual artist

Sting — Singer-songwriter, author and activist

Trudie Styler — Actress, activist and UNICEF U.K. ambassador

Honorary degrees are awarded by the Board of Fellows of the Brown Corporation and are conferred by the University president — in English and in Latin — during Commencement exercises on the College Green. Recipients receive prominent recognition at the ceremony but do not serve as the Commencement speaker; since its earliest days, Brown has reserved that honor for members of the graduating class.

Beverly E. Ledbetter, Brown’s chief legal officer since 1978, will deliver the Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2018 on Saturday afternoon in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. With that space reserved for members of the graduating class, the Baccalaureate address will be presented on video screens for family and friends on the College Green, in Sayles Hall and in the Salomon Center for Teaching.

Further details on all Commencement Forums will be posted in the coming weeks at

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