- Apr 21
At its 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28, Brown...
At its 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28, Brown University will confer honorary doctorates on six candidates who have achieved great distinction in a variety of fields. The candidates include:
Robert De Niro — actor, director and producer
Daveed Diggs — performer, rapper and writer
Donald C. Hood — teacher, educational leader and expert on visual science
Indra K. Nooyi — influential businesswoman and leader
Richard D. Parsons — business executive and civic leader
Rosmarie Waldrop — poet, translator and small press publisher
Honorary degrees are awarded by the Board of Fellows of the Brown Corporation and are conferred by the University president — in English and in Latin — during Commencement exercises on the College Green. Recipients receive prominent recognition at the ceremony but do not serve as the Commencement speaker — since its earliest days, Brown has reserved that honor for members of the graduating class.
Daveed Diggs will deliver the Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2017 on Saturday afternoon in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. With that space reserved for members of the graduating class, the Baccalaureate address will be presented on video screens for family and friends on the College Green, in Sayles Hall and in the Salomon Center for Teaching. #Brown2017