April 25, 2008
CHARLES OGLETREE JR. TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT
ADDRESS AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY ON MAY 4
UNIVERSITY, PA ~ Lincoln University President Ivory
V. Nelson has announced that Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a
prominent Harvard Law professor, legal theorist and author,
will deliver the institution’s
149th Commencement address on Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m.
at the athletic field.
“We are pleased to have professor
Ogletree speak to our graduates,” President Nelson said. “He is
certainly among the nation’s highly respected legal
minds as well as a an advocate for equality.”
Ogletree also will be one of three
recipients of an honorary degree from the university. He
will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Dr. Ernest C. Levister Jr., an alumnus,
distinguished physician and former member of the Lincoln
University Board of Trustees, will receive an honorary doctor
of science degree. The third recipient will be Bishop
Nathan D. Baxter, who will receive an honorary doctor of
Ogletree is the Harvard Law School
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding Executive
Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for
Race and Justice. Ogletree is
a native of Merced, Calif., and the author and contributor
to numerous books. His commentary has appeared on the
editorial pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston
Globe and Los Angeles Times.
The recipient of numerous honors
and awards, Ogletree obtained a law degree from Harvard
Law School and also has a master’s
and bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where
he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
A 1958 graduate, Dr. Levister was a university trustee from
1999 to 2007 and has been a powerful proponent for the elimination
of disparities in health care.
Dr. Levister, a native of New
York, earned his medical degree from Howard University
College of Medicine in 1964 and was the first African-American
resident in internal medicine and later cardiology at the
Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D C. He
holds fellowship in the American College of Physicians
and the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Bishop Baxter was consecrated
Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania in 2006. Prior to his election, he was
rector of historic Saint James Episcopal Church of Lancaster,
Pa., the largest parish in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. During
his tenure there, he served as chair of Diocesan Deputation
to the 2003 National General Convention.
Prior to Bishop Baxter’s
tenure at St. James Church, he served twelve years as dean
of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and chief
administrative officer of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral
Foundation, the corporation comprising the Cathedral’s
eight schools, colleges and auxiliaries.
Bishop Baxter also is an adjunct professor at Lancaster
Founded in 1854, Lincoln
University is a premier, historically Black University that
combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based
undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs
to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological
and global society. The University is nationally
recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate
degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics);
computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln
has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.
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