Honorary Degrees Given at Commencement

Journalist David Gregory, playwright Tony Kushner, makeup artist Bobbi Brown, and poet Robert Pinsky joined Emerson graduates at the college’s 132nd Commencement in the Citi Performing Art Center’s Wang Theater for honorable mentions this past Monday.

David Gregory, who delivered the undergraduate address, is a Veteran journalist and moderator for the political television show, Meet The Press. As a hard hitting journalist for NBC News, he has delivered stories for the OJ Simpson trial, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Known for generating tough questions, he truly challenged and inspired Emerson undergraduates.

Offering the graduate address was Tony Kushner. As a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award -winning playwright, Kushner wrote theater favorite Angels in America and has co-written the Spielberg directed film Munich. Both Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony went to his play, Angels in America. The Pulitzer Prize was for Best Drama in 1993 and the Tony was for Best play in both 1993 and 1994.

Bobbi Brown was honored not only for her work as an entrepreneurial makeup artist, but as a voice of women empowerment. Brown’s makeup workshops, “Bobbi Brown University”, have offered skills to aspiring makeup artists. Brown is now a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and was recently asked by President Obama to become involved in the White House’s Leadership and Mentoring Program for young women.

Three-time U.S poet laureate, Robert Pinsky, was also honored for his many works. He has taken home the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, and received the Book-of-the-Month Club Editor’s Choice with The Inferno of Dante in 1994. Pinsky’s efforts have shown diverse from his published work of Selected Poems and a CD of jazz collaborations with pianist Laurence Hobgood, in which were released within the same month. Some of his most well read literary work includes The Life of David and the first volume of Nextbook series.

By Lauren Moquin

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