Lance Armstrong To Deliver Address At Tufts' 150th Commencement
Leader in cancer awareness and Tour de France champion gives his first commencement address, joined by entrepreneurial philanthropist, Marine Corps general, evolutionist, and pediatrician/ humanitarian.
Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.09.06] Lance Armstrong -- cancer survivor, seven-time Tour de France champion, and inspiration to millions -- will deliver the address at Tufts University’s 150th commencement on May 21, 2006. This will be the first commencement speech ever given by the legendary athlete whose achievements in sports and in support of cancer research and awareness are equally distinguished.
“Lance Armstrong brings a powerful message to our graduates and commencement guests: Never give up,” said Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow. “His perseverance on the bike and in life sets an extraordinary example for all who seek to overcome obstacles and achieve their highest goals. We are honored to host him at Tufts.”
Armstrong, named 2005 Athlete of the Year by Associated Press, won his first Tour de France in 1999 as a cancer survivor and followed that with six more consecutive victories. He continues to be a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation provides practical information, funds research, and gives hope to millions.
At commencement, to be held at 9 a.m. on the green at Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus, Armstrong will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Four other distinguished leaders will receive honorary doctorates:
• Philanthropist and entrepreneur William S. Cummings, founder of the highly successful real estate development firm Cummings Properties, LLC; founder and president of Cummings Foundation and Tufts alumnus, will receive an honorary doctorate of public service [pastE-News coverage]
• General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (ret.), a Tufts graduate whose 37-year military career included enforcing the no-fly zone in southern Iraq and overseeing humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in Kenya and Somalia while serving as commander in chief, U.S. Central Command,will receive an honorary doctorate of public service [past E-News coverage]
• Evolutionist Lynn Margulis, whose revolutionary theory of inherited symbiotic bacteria and symbiosis in the evolution of life caused profound changes in thinking about the origins of species, will receive an honorary doctorate of science
• The Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D., pediatrician, pastor, medical missionary, humanitarian, and Tufts graduate, who is now leading the Million Voices for Darfur campaign, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters [past coverage].