News about Brown's 246th Commencement

Nine Brown alumni to receive honorary degrees

April 27, 2014  |  Contact: Mark Nickel |  401-863-1638 

Brown University continues the 250th anniversary celebration of its founding by awarding honorary degrees to nine University alumni. The degrees, to be conferred at the 246th Commencement on Sunday, May 25, 2014, will honor the achievements of music educator Lee Berk '64; teacher Beatrice E. Coleman '25 (awarded posthumously); author Jeffrey Eugenides '82; physician Arthur Horwich '72, M.D.'75; electrical engineer Mary Lou Jepsen '87, Ph.D. '97; entertainment executive Debra Lee '76; author Lois Lowry '58; ecologist Nalini Nadkarni '76; and Thomas Perez '83, U.S. secretary of labor. 

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — At its 246th Commencement Sunday, May 25, 2014, Brown University will confer honorary doctorates on nine distinguished alumni: Lee Berk ’64, former president of Berklee College of Music and an advocate for broader community programs of musical education;