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Fordham Announces Eight Notables to Receive Honorary Degrees at Graduation Ceremonies

Cristina Romano, Assistant Blog Editor

Images of honorees, left to right as mentioned.

Recently, Fordham announced a list of eight notables who will be receiving honorary degrees at this year’s commencement ceremony on May 21st at the Rose Hill campus. Brian Williams, award-winning anchor of NBC Nightly News, will have the double honor of delivering this year’s commencement address and receiving a doctorate of humane letters (honoris causa). Also set to receive honoris causa  degrees are:

Glorya Kaufman

  • Claim to fame: married to the late Donald Bruce Kaufman, founder of the home-building firm Kaufman and Broad. The couple was known for their philanthropic spirit, donating to forty different charitable organizations – something Gloria continued until after her husband’s death. Gloria also funded a new dance studio at Juilliard.
  • Fordham connection: Kaufman has provided generous funding for the B.F.A program at the Ailey School.

Marian Hall Seldes

  • Claim to fame: 1947, Seldes made her Broadway debut in Medea. In 1967, she won a Tony Award for her performance in A Delicate Balance. She is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for appearing in every single performance of Death Trap in its four year run.
  • Fordham connection: After teaching at Juilliard for twenty years, Seldes joined the faculty at FCLC over a decade ago.

Alex Trebek

  • Claim to fame: Aside from hosting Jeopardy, Trebek generously donates his time to various charities such as The Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft palate surgery for children in developing countries, and World Vision, where he served as a spokesman for its Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
  • Fordham connection: Trebek has a son who attends FCRH.

Steven E. Sanderson

  • Claim to Fame: Since 2001, Sanderson has served as president of the Wildlife Conservation Society. With his efforts, he has helped expand their work into more than sixty nations and has also helped with the revitalization of the Bronx Zoo.  He has taught for eighteen years at the University of Florida serving as the chair of the political science department as well as the co-founder of the university’s Tropical Conservation and Development Program. Sanderson will be receiving a doctorate of science honoris causa.
  • Fordham connection: Sanderson is a former Fordham trustee and specializes in American politics, agricultural development and trade.

Additionally, on Sunday, May 22nd, Fordham will present two honorary degrees at the Law School diploma ceremony. Former Governor George E. Pataki will be speaking as well as receiving a doctorate of laws, honoris causa.  Arts advocate, businessman and former U.S. ambassador Earle I. Mack will also be receiving a doctorate of laws.  On May 24th, Marine Gen. Peter Race (Ret.) who is the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will give an address at the GBA diploma ceremony, where he will be also receiving a doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa.

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