TURN AT THE PODIUM
William Gray III, president of The United Negro
College Fund (UNCF), delivered Oberlin's Commencement address
to more than 600 new graduates and their families on May 28.
Cited as one of the 100 "most important Blacks in the world
in the 20th century" by Ebony magazine in 1999, Gray also
received an honorary doctor of laws degree. Other honorees
Franco Farina '77, renowned tenor, honorary doctor of music
Douglas Taylor Ross '51, founder and first president of SofTech,
Inc., honorary doctor of science degree.
Richard Baron '64, a national urban redevelopment pioneer,
honorary doctor of humanities degree.
Katherine Plank, founder and artistic director of the Oberlin
Choristers, received the College's annual award for distinguished
service to the community.
George Andrews '54, Oberlin Emeritus Delaney Professor of
Mathematics, received the College's Alumni Medal "in recognition
of outstanding and sustained service to Oberlin College and
its extended community."