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Teresa S. Thomas
or Gretchen Underwood

For immediate release:
May 8, 2003

Teresa Heinz to Deliver Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon's Commencement Sunday, May 18

EVENT: Teresa Heinz, chair of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's 106th commencement ceremony. Heinz, who earned an honorary doctorate from Carnegie Mellon in 2000, is recognized as one of the nation's premier environmental leaders and was heralded by the Utne Reader in 1995 as one of 100 American visionaries. She is active in organizations dedicated to human rights and to educating the public on how the environment impacts the health of both women and children.

Heinz is a member or trustee for numerous schools and institutions across the country, including Carnegie Mellon, the American Institute for Public Service, the National Gallery of Art and the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon's School of Urban and Public Affairs was renamed the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz.

Joining Heinz on the commencement platform will be four prestigious professionals who will be receiving honorary degrees. They are:

  • George Armitage Miller, the James S. McConnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters for his pioneering contributions to the field of cognitive psychology.
  • Paul H. O'Neill, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and former CEO of Alcoa, will be awarded an honorary doctorate of public policy for his commitment to advancements in technical innovation, management and public service.
  • Ivan E. Sutherland, vice president and fellow of Sun Microsystems, will be presented with an honorary doctorate in science and technology for his groundbreaking work in computer graphics, robotics, virtual reality and computer architecture. Sutherland earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon in 1959.
  • James M. Walton, former director of Gulf Oil and former president of the Carnegie Institute and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters for his distinguished career in business and community service in the Pittsburgh area. Walton is chair of the Vira I. Heinz Endowment and a trustee emeritus of Carnegie Mellon.

    WHEN: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18.

    WHERE: Gesling Stadium on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

    For more information on Carnegie Mellon's commencement, visit


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