Musician Leon Fleisher, PayPal Founder Elon Musk, Artist Frank Stella Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 24

May 6, 2009

AMHERST, Mass.— Margaret Bangser ’81, founder and former director of the nonprofit Women’s Dignity organization; Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University; former Virginia Congressman Thomas M. Davis III ’71, now president and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership; celebrated conductor and pianist Leon Fleisher; accomplished researcher and an esteemed Columbia University professor Andrew R. Marks ’76; entrepreneur Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, managing director of the World Bank; and abstract artist Frank Stella will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 188th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award Nominations

In 1997, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. The president's December letter is a warm invitation to each member of the Class of 2014 to nominate a teacher who made an impact on the student's life.

Polly Longsworth to Receive Medal for Service at Amherst College’s Commencement May 25

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

May 7, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

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AMHERST, Mass.—Polly Longsworth, member of the board of governors of Amherst College’s Emily Dickinson Museum and prolific Emily Dickinson scholar, will receive the school’s Medal for Eminent Service during its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25. The award is presented to a member of the Amherst community who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to the college.

Amherst College To Honor Atomic Agency Head, Princeton President and Five Others at Commencement May 25

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

May 7, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Robert H. Brown Jr. ’69, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency; Henry A. Freedman ’62, executive director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice; Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University; Sir Brian Urquhart, former undersecretary-general of the United Nations; and Saraswathi Vedam ’78, professor and director of the University of British Columbia’s division of midwifery, will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during the school’s 187th commencement exercises Sunday, May 25, at 10 a.m.