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Rep. John Lewis Honored at Five Prestigious Commencements

May 1, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON—The month of May marks commencement season when young students will be taking giant steps in their academic and professional careers.  This year Rep. John Lewis is scheduled to make commencement addresses at the following schools and universities:

May 4th              Metropolitan College, Atlanta

May 6th              North Springs High School, Atlanta

May 19th            University of New Hampshire School of Law

Rep. Lewis has the distinction this year of being granted honorary doctorates from five prestigious universities, three of which are members of the Ivy League.  Those which can be disclosed in advance of the ceremony are listed below.

May 14th            University of Pennsylvania

May 18th            The New Hampshire Supreme Court Society will confer Rep. Lewis with

the Life and Liberty Award

May 19th            University of New Hampshire School of Law

May 20th            University of Connecticut School of Law

May 27th            Brown University

“In bestowing honorary degrees each year Penn seeks to inspire our graduates ,” said Leslie Laird Kruhly University Secretary and Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania, “by recognizing individuals who have made their mark on society through lives of scholarship, discovery and service to others.  Throughout his unparalleled career—one distinguished by courageous leadership, personal sacrifice and dedicated public service on behalf of our county and all Americans.  Congressman John Lewis has set and extraordinary and inspirational standard…..”

            “We are truly honored, “ said John Broderick, dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, “ to have Rep. John Lewis as our commencement speaker.  His decades of heroic public service and his commitment to holding our nation to its highest ideals are an inspiration to us all.  An abiding commitment to social justice has always been a hallmark of UNH Law, and as our graduates prepare to embark on their legal careers, we trust that the principles of leadership expressed by Congressman Lewis will resonate with them for years.”