The university grants honorary degrees at spring commencement each year to recognize excellence in human endeavor, including scholarship, public service and the performing arts. The following individuals will be recognized at commencement on Sunday, May 17.
- Doctor of Science
Norm Augustine is a retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corp.—the nation’s largest defense contractor—and a former undersecretary of the U.S. Army. A longtime proponent for ensuring the place of science and engineering on the nation’s list of priorities, Augustine served for 16 years as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and currently serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council. Among his many honors are the National Medal of Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian award, and as a five-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal.
– Doctor of Humane Letters
Stanley Bergman is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. With over 17,500 Team Schein Members in 29 countries, the Company’s had sales of $10.4 billion in 2014. Henry Schein has been a Fortune “World’s Most Admired” company for 14 consecutive years, ranking #1 in its industry in 2015. Mr. Bergman is a board member or advisor for numerous educational and health care-related institutions. He is an honorary member of the ADA and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.
- Doctor of Science
Adel Mahmoud is a professor in molecular biology and public policy at Princeton University. Previously, he served as president of Merck Vaccines and a management committee member for Merck Co., and chairman of medicine at the Case Western University School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at University Hospitals of Cleveland. His distinguished work has made him a leading expert on vaccine development and infectious diseases in the developing world, garnering awards and recognitions in tropical medicine research and international health policy.
- Doctor of Laws
Barry Meyer (LAW ’67) is the recently retired Warner Bros. chairman and CEO. In his 42 years at the company, he led a $1.2 billion acquisition of Lorimar-Telepictures and helped launch the studio’s own network, The WB. Under his direction, the company consistently ranked as one of the strongest, most profitable and best-positioned studios in the industry—fueled by the creation of award-winning movies and television series such as The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Friends, ER, The West Wing and The Big Bang Theory as well as the eight Harry Potter films—a series that became the most successful motion picture franchise in history.