Educator and journalist Melissa Harris-Perry and City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will both be awarded honorary Doctor of Letters degrees at Ithaca College’s 124th Commencement on Sunday, May 19. National higher education leader Mildred García will also be awarded an honorary doctorate and deliver the main address at the ceremony.
In recommending approval by the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, President Shirley M. Collado called them a passionate and trailblazing group of nominees who have deeply impacted a wide range of fields.
“By granting honorary degrees to these individuals, Ithaca College is demonstrating our deep commitment to honoring leaders who use their talents, expertise and platforms to give voice to important issues and demonstrate the values our college seeks to exemplify,” said Collado.
“The committee recommended honorary degrees for the three nominees because their accomplishments in politics, education and communications embody values that resonate with students and are worth emulating,” added Warren Schlesinger, associate professor of accounting and chair of Ithaca College’s Honorary Degree Advisory Committee.