Speaker: Bono and the
Honorary Degree Recipients
lead singer and songwriter for the rock group U2 and
a social-justice activist, will speak at Penn's 248th Commencement
on May 17.
addition to the critical and popular success of his recording
and touring activities with U2, Bono co-founded the
organization Debt Aids Trade Africa (DATA) in 2002 together
with activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign.
DATA's main objective is to raise public awareness and
action in the United States and other wealthy
nations against AIDS and poverty in Africa.
his tireless efforts and use of his celebrity to remind
us of our moral duties as citizens of the globe, Bono has
been a powerful force for change, galvanizing the action
of presidents, countries and the general public," said
President Judith Rodin.
1999 Bono received the MTV Free Your Mind Award for his
campaigning work, and in 2002 he received the French Legion
d'Honneur. With DATA, he lobbies world leaders and decision
makers, as well as generating media and public interest
in issues relating to Africa, to create pressure for more
money and better policy. DATA is continuously
recruiting new activists for its campaigning work.
was born in Dublin in 1960 and joined with the other members
of U2 in high school. The band has won seven Grammy awards
and sold more than 100 million albums.
will receive an honorary degree from Penn as will four
Elizabeth Blackburn, a cell and molecular biologist who
co-discovered an enzyme that could possibly stabilize cancer
Friedlander, a master photographer known for album cover
portraits of jazz musicians (see his self portrait, above).
Jaroslav Pelikan, the premier historical theologian of
our time and a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School
for Communication. He will be the Baccalaureate speaker
on May 16 at the University's interfaith ceremony.
Roach, a musicologist whose jazz drumming provides the
backbeat for be-bop.
more on the honorary degree recipients. For Commencement information
see the website, www.upenn.edu/commencement.