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Four Are Honored with Degrees at Commencement

(Front row, left to right) University President William P. Leahy, SJ, with Commencement speaker US Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and Cardinal Jaime Ortega. (Back row, left to right) Kip Tiernan, Robert C. Wright, Fayette Long and Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.

Four honorary degrees were presented at Boston College's 124th Commencement Exercises on May 22. The honorees are listed below, with their degrees and brief excerpts from the accompanying citations:

Fayette Long, a teacher of computer technology and business law at Cathedral High School in Boston. Doctor of Humane Letters. She walks in the footsteps of Christ the teacher, an educator committed to the sons and daughters of immigrants and the children of the poor.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana. Doctor of Laws. Chief shepherd to a flock of four-and-a-half-million and steward of a religious heritage linked to the first voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World, he has weathered decades of relentless atheism, navigating a beleaguered Church through difficult times.

Kip Tiernan, advocate for the homeless and founder of Rosie's Place, a Boston women's shelter. Doctor of Humane Letters. "You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." Words of the prophet Isaiah define her life and proclaim the glory of her ministry in a world apart from the comfort of the non-poor.

Robert C. Wright, president and chief executive officer of the National Broadcasting Co. Doctor of Laws. He has transformed a slumping entertainment giant into the global powerhouse of the television industry and "made the Peacock Network fly," prompting Forbes magazine to ask in headlined awe, "What has Wright wrought?"


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