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(Boston) — Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 133rd graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 14. Moonves, who will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony.
BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement and baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2006 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.
Moonves oversees all operations of the company, including the CBS Television Network; the CW Network, the new fifth broadcast network that is a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment; CBS Television Stations; CBS Paramount Television; King World; Showtime; CBS Radio; CBS Outdoor; Simon & Schuster; CBS Digital Media; CSTV Networks, Inc., and CBS Consumer Products.
Brown also announced that Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 9 a.m. at Marsh Chapel, and will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The mission of the Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment. The foundation has collected more than $750 million to fund these activities.
Also receiving honorary degrees are: Patricia Meyer Spacks, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway Human Transporter and president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation; Frederick S. Pardee alumnus, philanthropist and benefactor of the BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future; and Boston University President Emeritus and School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Aram Chobanian, M.D.
Spacks, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, has published numerous books and essays on literary criticism, novelists, and poets, and aspects of culture, including “The Poetry of Vision,” “The Female Imagination,” “Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels,” “Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind,” “Privacy: Concealing the Eighteenth-Century Self,” and, published this year, “Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction.”
Inventor Dean Kamen, who will receive a Doctor of Science degree, holds more than 400 U.S. and foreign patents. His innovative devices have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Kamen has received the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment (1998); the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton (2000); the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2002); and numerous honorary degrees. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.
Frederick S. Pardee, who will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, is the benefactor of Boston University’s Pardee Professorship and Visiting Professorship in Future Studies, the School of Management Library, and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. In addition, Pardee has endowed both the Pardee RAND Graduate School to support advances in policy analysis methodology and the multi-disciplinary focus of its curriculum and the RAND Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy. Pardee serves on the Boston University School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council, the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors, and the RAND President’s Circle. Boston University awarded Mr. Pardee the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession in 1996.
Aram V. Chobanian, M.D., who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, became a faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine in 1962 and subsequently served as Head of the Division of Medicine’s Hypertension and Atherosclerosis Section. In 1973, Dr. Chobanian became the founding director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute. From 1975 to 1995, he directed the National Institutes of Health-funded National Hypertension Specialized Center of Research. Dr. Chobanian became Dean of the School of Medicine in 1988 and Provost of the Boston University Medical Campus in 1996. In October 2003, Dr. Chobanian was appointed President ad interim and subsequently President of Boston University. Last September, he became President Emeritus and resumed duties as University Professor and the John I. Sandson Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.