Carnegie Mellon University

May 12: Media Advisory: Former Vice President, Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore To Give Keynote Address at Commencement, May 18

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Media Advisory: Former Vice President, Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore
To Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 18

Al GoreEvent: Former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will speak at Carnegie Mellon University's 111th commencement ceremony. Author of the bestsellers "Earth in the Balance" and "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change." He will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Carnegie Mellon. Five other honorary degree recipients, below, will join him on the commencement stage.

  • Norman R. Augustine, former president and CEO of Martin-Marietta and Lockheed Martin and chair of the National Academies Committee that produced the influential report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," will receive an honorary doctorate in public policy.
  • Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, will receive an honorary doctorate in science and technology. He will be the speaker for diploma ceremonies at the Tepper School of Business on Saturday and the School of Computer Science on Sunday.
  • Elizabeth Catlett, a famed artist and sculptor whose works are exhibited in the world's most important arts museums, will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts. Catlett is unique for distilling African American, Native American and Mexican art in her work.
  • Suh Nam Pyo, president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon, will receive an honorary doctorate in science and technology. He is the holder of multiple patents and is the inventor of an industrial process for production of plastic parts that is used in factories worldwide.
  • Patrick Colonel Suppes, the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Stanford University, will receive an honorary doctorate in science and technology. Suppes is known for his contributions to many scientific fields.


Some 2,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred at this year's commencement.

When: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18 (rain or shine).

Where: Gesling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon campus.

Note to Reporters and Editors: Media planning to attend Sunday's ceremony should contact Teresa Thomas, 412-260-0516, or Ken Walters, 412-480-4396, for instructions on seating and/or photography by Friday, May 16.

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