LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Alexis Wilkerson and Oscar-nominated actor Glenn Close are among four people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at the Bates College commencement.
The Lewiston college announced that Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” has been selected to deliver the keynote address at ceremonies scheduled for May 25.
The other recipients of honorary degrees are David Shaw, a champion of corporate social responsibility and founder of pet diagnostic company Idexx Laboratories, and John Seely Brown, a pioneering computer scientist and technology innovator.
Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is being honored for her work in helping eradicate the stigma of mental illness and for her conservation efforts.
The school says 450 students will receive degrees.