Edelman Urges Grads to Make a Difference
Civil rights and social equality advocate Marian Wright Edelman urged UT graduates to do their part to make America “more just, more hopeful, more peaceful, more productive, inclusive, and unified.”
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek awarded Edelman an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters —the ninth honorary degree given by UT—at the College of Communication and Information commencement ceremony on Friday. Edelman then addressed graduates.
“This may be the first time in our history when our children and grandchildren will be worse off than their parents and grandparents unless we correct course and do whatever is necessary to get them to safe … Read more “Edelman Urges Grads to Make a Difference”
UT to Award Honorary Degrees to Social Activist and Actress
UT will award its ninth and tenth honorary degrees to social activist Marian Wright Edelman and actress Dale Dickey.
The UT Board of Trustees approved the two degrees on Thursday.
Edelman, who has strong ties to the East Tennessee area, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and speak at the College of Communication and Information commencement at 8:30 a.m. on May 8. Dickey, a Knoxville native and UT alumna, will receive an Honorary Master of Fine Arts in acting during a campus visit next year.
Edelman is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit … Read more “UT to Award Honorary Degrees to Social Activist and Actress”