Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

2018 honorary degree recipients

From left to right: Brandeis University's honorary degree recipients for 2018 are Commencement speaker Freeman Hrabowski III, Shira Ruderman, Jay Ruderman, Mary Sue Coleman and Chava Alberstein

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to address Brandeis’ 67th Commencement

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a renowned researcher in science and math education, and a pioneer in higher education, will deliver the address at Brandeis University’s 67th Commencement on Sunday, May 13. He will join four other distinguished individuals in receiving honorary degrees from Brandeis at its Commencement ceremony in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center.

Brandeis will confer honorary degrees on Hrabowski; living legend Chava Alberstein; president of the Association of American Universities Mary Sue Coleman; president of the Ruderman Family Foundation Jay Ruderman '88; and philanthropist and social activist Shira Ruderman.

“All our outstanding honorary degree recipients have broken new ground in their respective fields, and have generously shared their remarkable talents and leadership with the wider world,” Liebowitz said. “Chava Alberstein has been called ‘the voice of Israel.’ Mary Sue Coleman was the first woman president at the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, and now leads the Association of American Universities, helping major research universities play a vital role in innovation, discovery and keeping our nation internationally competitive. Jay and Shira Ruderman have set a high standard with their courageous and cutting-edge work on inclusion for people with disabilities and U.S.-Israel relations. Together, these honorary degree recipients are an inspiration to the class of 2018 and to all of us, and our community looks forward to honoring them at Commencement.”

Read the full press release about the Commencement 2018 speaker and honorary degree recipients on BrandeisNow.