Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, Poet Mary Jo Salter, Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst Commencement

April 20, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—South African activist Zackie Achmat, founder of the AIDS/HIV advocacy group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC); Joshua M. Epstein ’76, a pioneer in agent-based computational modeling; Walter Dean Myers, author of children’s and young adult literature; Sir Paul Nurse, president of Rockefeller University and Nobel laureate; advocate Harvey J. Rosenfield ’74, founder of Consumer Watchdog; Mary Jo Salter, an award-winning poet who is also a playwright, lyricist, essayist and reviewer; Dame Marjorie Scardino, CEO of the education and media company Pearson PLC; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 189th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. on the school’s campus.

2010 Schedule of Events

Friday, May 21

1 to 10 p.m.
Check-in for seniors and families. Alumni House (see parking map).
5 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal. Main Quadrangle (Johnson Chapel in case of rain).

“Beyond Competing Interests”

Commencement Address by President Anthony W. Marx

May 23, 2010

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