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May 26, 2006 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayor Street, already a lawyer, is due to be awarded an honorary law degree tomorrow to go with the one he studied for. Southern New England School of Law will award four such degrees at its commencement in Dartmouth, Mass. Robert Ward, the law school's dean and a Philadelphia native, nominated Street for the honor. He said he has always followed the goings-on in the city and has great respect for Street's history of civic leadership dating to the mayor's days as a community activist.
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December 1, 1986 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters contributed to this article.)
Anglican envoy Terry Waite received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent on Saturday for his work on behalf of hostages held in the Middle East. Citing Waite for his work "for peace and freedom," the university made him an honorary doctor of civil law in a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral, center of the Anglican denomination. Waite, 47, a church layman appointed special envoy by the archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in 1980, has traveled frequently to the Middle East in attempts to secure the release of Americans and other hostages held by militant Muslims in Lebanon.
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May 15, 2007 | By Rita Giordano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Under sunny skies, the University of Pennsylvania celebrated its 251st commencement yesterday. About 6,000 people received degrees at the Franklin Field ceremony. Among them was commencement speaker James A. Baker 3d, the former secretary of state and cochairman of the Iraq Study Group. He was given an honorary doctor of law degree. The singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also were given honorary degrees.
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April 3, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / JOHN COSTELLO
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist holds a question-and-answer session with law students at Temple University's Mitten Hall on Broad Street. The U.S. Supreme Court justice received an honorary degree yesterday, as the university's Law School celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special convocation. Seated next to Rehnquist is Temple law professor Laura Little, a former Rehnquist clerk.
NEWS
March 20, 1987
In mid-February, Temple University president Peter J. Liacouras enjoyed five days in Rome with university friends and associates, at university expense, to confer an honorary degree on Italian President Bettino Craxi. Meanwhile, back on campus, part-time faculty members were teaching for the second month of the semester without having been paid for the first. Those who questioned the payroll department were told that all part-time faculty members would have to wait until Feb. 27 for the first month's check.
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December 1, 1988 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hanna Holborn Gray, president of the University of Chicago, is scheduled to be presented with an honorary degree from Rosemont College during an academic convocation this afternoon. Gray, who will receive a doctor of humane letters, was chosen to be the recipient of the first honorary degree the college has awarded in 50 years because of her scholarly background, officials at the Catholic women's college said. Gray, a historian, has been president of the University of Chicago since 1978.
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May 8, 1992 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
"Tis the season of pomp and circumstance. With emphasis on the pomp, for as more than 25,000 students receive diplomas at a score of Philadelphia-area college commencements this spring, each ceremony will feature the conferring of a trinket known as the honorary degree. With emphasis on the honorary. Often called a doctorate of humane letters, the honorary degree is the synthetic sheepskin of academia. It looks nice on your office wall - just don't call yourself "Doctor.
NEWS
June 7, 1989 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drexel University President Richard D. Breslin yesterday condemned the Chinese government's crackdown on student protests and said he would ask the school's trustees to shelve a plan to award an honorary degree to a high- ranking Chinese official. Drexel was one of a number of area universities re-evaluating honorary degrees to Chinese officials in light of the brutal government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing. At Temple University the administration weighed a request from a delegation of Chinese students to rescind an honorary degree that the school awarded in 1979 to Deng Xiaoping, former vice premier and now senior leader.
NEWS
May 12, 2011
In recent years, protests erupted when left-leaning Democrats who support abortion access were honored by Catholic universities and colleges at commencement ceremonies, since that position violates the church's teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception. Now, it's a prominent Republican's turn. House Speaker John Boehner is to receive an honorary degree and address graduates Saturday at the Catholic University of America - and at least 100 academics from church-related universities around the country are protesting the visit because they say the recent GOP budget Boehner guided through the House will harm the poor, elderly, and vulnerable.
NEWS
May 20, 1986 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Responding to faculty protests over his role in the 1981 air-traffic controllers' strike, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Drew L. Lewis Jr. turned down an honorary doctor of laws degree awarded him by Haverford College. Discarding his prepared remarks, Lewis, one of four honorary degree recipients, told a commencement audience of about 1,000 on Sunday that, because of his Quaker upbringing, he could not accept the award in the face of objections by 28 faculty members.
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March 26, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT'S BEEN nearly 33 years since Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner , and although the case has been a hot-button issue because of the trial's fairness and death-penalty sentence, it has come to the fore again in one of the most unlikely places: "The Voice. " As Nick Vadala reported on Philly.com, Philadelphia street performer Anthony Riley has left the show, despite an amazing chair-turning audition that landed him Pharrell Williams as coach.
NEWS
January 9, 2015
A FEW MONTHS ago, Brandeis University disgraced its honorable namesake, the great Supreme Court justice, and decided to rescind an honorary degree and speaking invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali, the controversial critic of Islam, became the target of histrionic collegiate rantings, the type of florid and juvenile expression that is utterly worthless but nonetheless protected by the First Amendment. Even sound and fury, signifying nothing, gets constitutional cover. At the time, I just shook my head and hoped that the pampered, preening students would take time out from their self-important strutting and realize how fortunate they were to live in a country where unpopular voices were not only protected, but also actively solicited.
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December 19, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WOULD NOT have been advisable to get in Cynthia Pierce's way when she was heading somewhere. Cynthia was a woman who got things done and she didn't let obstacles interfere with her missions. One of the major goals in her life was quality and affordable education for low-income families, and she provided it. She was the founder of a Montessori school in West Philadelphia that sought to educate mostly minority students in a private-school environment that encouraged individual accomplishment.
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July 14, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Irma Stevenson exudes Paulsboro. If it's not her red-and-white Red Raiders shirt, complemented by red polished nails and a ladybug watch, maybe it's the borough-happy knickknacks filling her East Jefferson Street home. Or a comprehensive list of boards and committees she has sat on - more than can fit on a notepad-size sheet of paper. Perhaps it's the infectious and signature open-mouth laugh that she's put on display for 25 years as cohost of Eye on Paulsboro , a Web and local cable TV series dedicated to the two-square-mile borough.
NEWS
May 22, 2014
Tourism review With almost 40 million visitors to the region in 2013 supporting 90,000 jobs and generating $636 million in taxes, a thriving tourism industry should have an independent review as part of a financial checkup ("Visitor groups need revisiting," May 19). The Inquirer's editorial suggested our office conduct an independent review of Philadelphia's two major tourism groups, Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. We recognize the importance of analyzing the impact that these two agencies have on our city to produce tourism dollars, and through our financial and policy unit, we will conduct a study of these revenues and ascertain whether a distinct return on investment can be produced between the two agencies.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAVERFORD Leafy Haverford College suddenly finds it has a commencement-speaker controversy, too - and less than 10 days to sort things out. It started when the college invited Robert J. Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, to speak and receive an honorary degree at the May 18 ceremony. Birgeneau is known for his support of undocumented and minority students, but became controversial in 2011 when university police used force on students protesting the financial handling of the state's higher education system.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering Rutgers University's commencement address, citing the controversy that followed her invitation. Rice, who served as secretary of state from 2005 to 2009 and before that as national security adviser, notified Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi on Saturday that she was withdrawing from delivering the address and receiving an honorary degree May 18. "Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for...
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December 8, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josephine Louisa Redenius Baker, 93, of Wayne, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, of cardiovascular disease at Sunrise of Paoli. She was the widow of Lt. Gen. Milton G. Baker, founder and former superintendent of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He died at the couple's Wayne home, "Crossed Sabers," in 1976 at age 80. "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our founder's wife. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this time," said William R. Floyd Jr., chairman of the academy's board of trustees.
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October 22, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his 105 years, William Aloysius Mohr has experienced many important days. The day his father died in a printing plant accident. The day his mother, destitute, sent him and his twin brother to an orphanage. The days he spent in the Army during World War II. The day he married his wife, Josephine, and the days his four children were born. The day he retired, at 93. On Sunday, Bill Mohr's family, friends, and neighbors gathered to celebrate a few more important milestones - his 105th birthday, a renewal of vows after 70 years of marriage, and the award of an honorary degree from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
USC FOOTBALL COACH Lane Kiffin was fired early yesterday morning. Hours later, Vegas already had odds on who would replace him. And three of the candidates - Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden and Herm Edwards - have Eagles connections. Fisher and Gruden were once assistants with the Eagles and Edwards played for the Birds. Fisher is now the head coach of the Rams, who are 1-3 after Thursday night's 35-11 loss to the 49ers. Gruden is an NFL analyst for ESPN who last coached in 2008 with the Buccaneers.
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