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May 23, 1996
Los Angeles Times columnist Al Martinez will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree Friday in commencement ceremonies at Whittier College. Martinez, a Topanga resident and a journalist for 40 years, 25 at The Times, is being honored for "his commitment to and achievement of excellence in journalism," said college President James L. Ash Jr. Actress Judith Malina, who also will receive an honorary degree, will be the keynote speaker for the college's 93rd commencement.
June 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
Soviet human rights activist Andrei D. Sakharov on Monday urged world leaders to press for an end to death sentences for pro-democracy leaders in China. "What has happened in China does not concern China alone. The whole world is affected. What has happened is also likely to affect events in the Soviet Union," the Nobel Peace Prize-winner told a news conference during his current visit to Britain. Sakharov said he sent telegrams to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, President Bush, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, French President Francois Mitterrand and U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar.
December 12, 1985
Pepperdine University will confer bachelor's and master's degrees on nearly 500 students in commencement ceremonies Saturday. Seaver College, Pepperdine's undergraduate school, will present diplomas at 10:30 a.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse on the Malibu campus, where Gordon P. Getty, composer and the principal trustee of the J. Paul Getty Museum, will be commencement speaker.
November 3, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Iran's official news agency said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had dismissed a government official over allegations that he tried to pay lawmakers in exchange for their promise not to impeach the interior minister. The minister, Ali Kordan, faces an impeachment hearing Tuesday after he admitted that his honorary degree from Oxford University was a fake. Mohammed Abbasi allegedly offered legislators money to oppose the move.
April 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ten priests from the order that founded the University of Notre Dame say the school risks its "true soul" by hosting President Obama next month. The members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which helps run the South Bend university, asked Notre Dame to reconsider its invitation because Obama supports abortion rights. "Failure to do so will damage the integrity of the institution," said the letter, published in the Notre Dame Observer. Obama is to deliver the university's May 17 commencement address and receive an honorary degree.
May 14, 1985 | Associated Press
President Reagan will meet with President Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador on Thursday, the White House announced today. Spokesman Larry Speakes said Duarte will also confer with Vice President George Bush, Secretary of State George Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Duarte last met with Reagan a year ago. Speakes said Duarte will be in the United States from Wednesday until May 24 and will receive an honorary degree Saturday from his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
May 9, 1985 | United Press International
President Reagan has been invited to help Harvard University celebrate its 350th anniversary in September, 1986, but no commitment has been made because of questions about whether he would receive an honorary degree. Harvard officials confirmed that Reagan has been invited, and a spokesman for the President says the invitation has been acknowledged. The controversy has already begun, as academicians differ about the appropriateness of a Sept. 5, 1986, visit by Reagan.
November 5, 1987 | From the Associated Press
A small Iowa college's plan to give Vice President George Bush an honorary degree has upset some teachers and students who say the church school is getting mixed up in presidential politics. The fuss began about a month ago when it was announced that the Republican presidential candidate would come to Northwestern College in Orange City Nov. 19 and be awarded an honorary degree at a special convocation.
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