|Joining the Class of 1996 was a group of distinguished men and women recognized for their contributions and achievements. From left, Caroline Walker Bynum, Anthony S. Fauci, Amory Houghton, Jr., Jessye Norman, Burns W. Roper, Donald W. Shriver, Andy Rooney '42 H'86 and Van Smith '50|
Each year at commencement the college presents honorary degrees recognizing he achievements of a select handful of individuals. Herewith, excerpts from President Grabois' citations for the Class of 1996.
CAROLINE WALKER BYNUM
Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of History, Columbia University
Doctor of Letters
It has been written of you: "There are few historians of whom one can say that they have actually shifted the landscape of the writing of history in their own generation, but Bynum is one." . . . we are pleased to celebrate your contributions to the history of ideas . . .
ANTHONY S. FAUCI
AMORY HOUGHTON JR.
BURNS W. ROPER
DONALD W. SHRIVER
VAN P. SMITH '50|
Chairman, Ontario Corporation; Chairman Emeritus, Colgate Board of Trustees
Doctor of Laws
. . . We say Colgate prepares students for leadership . . . You are the realization of that promise . . . You have been a member of the Colgate Board since 1985 and its chairman since 1991 . . . What we are today -- which is one of the premiere liberal arts institutions in the land -- is due in large measure to your wisdom and guidance . . .