Kofi Annan, 2005 Commencement Speaker

Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations and the first black African to hold that position, and 2001 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died August 18 in Bern, Switzerland, after a short illness. He was 80.

Mr. Annan was Penn’s 2005 Commencement Speaker (Almanac May 24, 2005); he received an honorary degree from the University at that time.