U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Speak at NYU’s 2012 Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipients Also Include NY Times Columnist David Brooks,
Humanitarian Patrick Desbois, and Molecular Biologist Charles Weissmann
Philanthropist Sylvia Hassenfeld to Receive Gallatin Medal; Metropolitan
Museum of Art President Emily Rafferty to Receive Rudin Award
NYU President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Lipton
today announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s
180th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Wednesday, May 16 in
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – the 111th Supreme Court
justice, and the Court’s first Hispanic member – will address the
graduates and guests. Justice Sotomayor will receive a Doctor of Laws
degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.
This year’s other recipients of honorary doctorates are:
David Brooks – author, journalist, and New York Times columnist – will
receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.
Desbois – Roman Catholic priest, long-time advocate of improved
Catholic-Jewish relations, and President of Yahad-In Unum, the
organization he founded to identify the mass graves of Jews and Roma
killed by Nazis in Eastern Europe during WWII-- will receive a Doctor of
Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.
Charles Weissmann – molecular biologist, chairman of infectology at
Scripps Florida, and leading researcher into prion-based illnesses –
will receive a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa.
The “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society”
will be presented to philanthropist Sylvia Hassenfeld.
The “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” will be
presented to Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily Rafferty.