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Sketches of the Honorary Degree Recipients

Kofi Annan

K. Annan

Mr. Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations,  served previously as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and as Under-Secretary-General, among other roles with the UN.

Following the Dayton Peace Agreement, Mr. Annan served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the former Yugoslavia, overseeing the transition in Bosnia and Herzegovina from UN Peacekeeping forces to NATO forces from November 1995 to March 1996. Mr. Annan has called for a “Global Compact” aimed at enabling all the world’s people to share the benefits of globalization and embedding the global market in social values and practices.

In April 2000, he issued a Millennium Report, We the Peoples: The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century, calling on member states to commit themselves to an action plan for ending poverty and inequality, improving education, reducing HIV/AIDS, safeguarding the environment and protecting peoples from deadly conflict and violence. The Report formed the basis of the Millennium Declaration adopted by Heads of State and Government at the Millennium Summit, held at UN Headquarters in September 2000.

Mr. Annan studied at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and completed his undergraduate work in economics at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1961. He received an MS in management from MIT. The Secretary-General and the United Nations received the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. 


Quincy Jones

Q. Jones

In a musical career that spans six decades, Quincy Jones has distinguished himself as a bandleader, a solo artist, a sideman, a songwriter, a producer, an arranger, a film composer and a record label executive. Mr. Jones has also written books, produced major motion pictures such as the adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey‚and helped create television series including the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Producer and conductor of the historic 1985 We Are The World recording (the best-selling single of all time) and Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum solo albums Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller (the best selling album of all time), Mr. Jones is one of the most successful and admired figures in the world of entertainment.

He is the artist with the single greatest number of Grammy honors, with a total of 79 nominations and 27 awards, and has also received an Emmy Award, seven Oscar nominations, and the 1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. His life and career were chronicled in the critically acclaimed 1990 film Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones and he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist for the recording  Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones.


Saul A. Kripke

S. Kripke

Saul A. Kripke is one of the most distinguished philosophers alive today by making important contributions to mathematical logic among other disciplines. His work has had a pioneering effect in fields as diverse as mathematics, linguistics, computer and information science, and law. In 1959, he published an influential paper entitled “A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic,” and followed this with “Semantical Considerations of Modal Logic,” “Semantical Analysis of Modal Logic, parts 1 and 2,” and “Semantical Analysis of Intuitionistic Logic.” His books include Naming and Necessity and Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language: An ElementaryExposition.

Professor Kripke has taught and lectured at Rockefeller University, Harvard University, Cornell University and Princeton University, where he is now an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Corresponding Fellow of the European Academy and a Corresponding Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences. He received the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy from the Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2001. Professor Kripke has received honorary doctorates from the University of Nebraska, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Haifa.


Ralph J. Roberts

R. Roberts

Penn Alumnus Ralph J. Roberts is Founder and Chairman of the Executive and Finance Committee of Comcast Corporation. Starting with the purchase of a single cable television system in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1963, Mr. Roberts went on to create the largest cable television company in the United States, employing 59,000 people nationwide. Mr. Roberts served as chairman of the company from 1989 to 2002. Prior to that, he had served as president and chairman.

His entrepreneurial and humanitarian endeavors have brought him many awards including the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association; induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame; the Cable Television Hall of Fame Award; and the Walter Kaitz Foundation Award for contributing to the cable industry’s diversity efforts. Mr. Roberts graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1941 and served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy.


Judy Woodruff

J. Woodruff

Judy Woodruff, a broadcast journalist who joined CNN in 1993, anchors Judy Woodruff’s Inside Politics. Ms. Woodruff also anchors breaking news and developing stories for CNN, such as the award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the network’s 2004 presidential election coverage. Before joining CNN, Ms. Woodruff was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour for 10 years. She also anchored the award-winning weekly documentary series at PBS, Frontline with Judy Woodruff, from 1984-1990. Ms. Woodruff served as NBC News’ White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982, covering both the Carter and Reagan administrations. 

She documented this experience in her book, This is Judy Woodruff at the White House. Ms. Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide.  Ms. Woodruff earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.


Nancy Fugate Woods

N. Woods

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN is dean of the School of Nursing, and professor in the department of family and child nursing at the University of Washington. Since the mid-1970s, Dr. Woods has led the development of women’s health as a field of study in nursing science. Her early research focused on the relationship between women’s social environments and their health. In 1989 Dr. Woods helped established the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington. Current research focuses on mid-life women, their health and health-seeking behavior patterns.

She has served as president of the American Academy of Nursing, the North American Menopause Society, and the Society for Menstrual Research and as a member of the National Advisory Council on Nursing Research and the Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Research for the NIH. Dr. Woods received the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award and was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.  She earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, in 1968; a M.N. from the University of Washington in 1969; and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1978.


The University of Pennsylvania’s 249th Commencement will be held on Monday, May 16, 2005, in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets.

See www.upenn.edu/commencement/ for ceremony information, travel and lodging information, student information and faculty/administration information for Commencement 2005, as well as historical information on Penn’s previous commencement ceremonies.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 26, March 29, 2005


March 29, 2005
Volume 51 Number 26


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