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Oct. 12: Carnegie Mellon To Award Honorary Doctorate to Former Indian President


Ken Walters                          

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Award
Honorary Doctorate to Former Indian President

Carnegie Mellon will confer an honorary doctorate to former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a special ceremony. Kalam, who completed his presidential tenure in July, will receive a Doctor of Science and Technology degree from the university. During his five-year presidency, Kalam focused efforts to transform India from its present developing nation status to a developed nation by 2020. His book, "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium," is popular throughout India and has been translated in many languages.

This will mark the first time Carnegie Mellon has conferred an honorary degree outside of commencement. While in Pittsburgh, Kalam will also meet with Carnegie Mellon faculty and students.

WHEN: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. Tickets are required for this event and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the University Center Information Desk beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Oct.15.

WHERE: Rangos Hall, University Center. Parking is available at the East Campus Garage next to the University Center on Forbes Avenue.

NOTE TO REPORTERS: Members of the media who would like to attend the ceremony should contact Ken Walters at the above phone number.