Posted on February 12, 2011 at 2:08 AM
Saturday, Feb 12 at 2:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS – Singer Stevie Wonder and journalists Cokie Roberts and Thomas Friedman are part of an eclectic group named to receive honorary degrees from Tulane University at this spring’s commencement ceremonies.
The university announced its honorary degree recipients Friday. They join a list of recent high-profile recipients which includes New Orleanians Ellen DeGeneres, Harry Connick Jr.
In a news release, Tulane described Wonder as “one of the world's most popular musicians,” and applauded him for his activism in helping end apartheid in South Africa, supporting famine relief and numerous other causes.
Roberts, an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, also serves as a contributing senior news analyst for NPR and ABC News. A New Orleans native, she is the daughter of former U.S. Rep. Lindy Boggs.
Friedman, a best-selling author, reporter, New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony, in addition to receiving an honorary degree, Tulane said.
An honorary degree will also be presented to Walter Gilbert, a molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his development of a method to determine the sequence of nucleotide links in DNA and RNA.
The honors will be presented at Tulane's commencement ceremony May 12 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.