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Virginia Rometty '79, chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM and a member of Northwestern's Board of Trustees, is among the four distinguished individuals who will be recognized with honorary degrees at the University’s 157th commencement ceremony. 


Ranked number one in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the last three years, Rometty will deliver the main commencement address at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Ryan Field.


Besides Rometty, the others who will receive honorary degrees are Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald, the only person to win in all four of the Tony’s acting categories; Dan Shechtman, a widely published researcher who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for identifying a new category of materials, thereby overturning a centuries-old scientific paradigm; and Margaret Beale Spencer, a psychologist whose work centers on the effects of ethnicity, gender and race on youth and adolescent development.


For full biographies of each of the honorary degree recipients, please visit the Northwestern News Center.