The pairing of conventional academic gowns with unusual caps has become an Oberlin faculty Commencement tradition. The fashion inspired Professor of Electronic and Computer Music Gary Lee Nelson's cat-in-the-hat look for this year's exercises, during which nearly 700 students received diplomas. AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney gave the commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Two Oberlin alumni also received honorary degrees: Frederick S. Cross '42, one of the first generation of open-heart surgeons and codeveloper of the heart-lung machine, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree; Robert McCune Kingdon '42, considered among the most eminent of scholarly experts on the European Reformation, received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
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