Four outstanding individuals will join University of Oklahoma Commencement speaker Elizabeth Garrett, the president-elect of Cornell University and a distinguished legal scholar, in being awarded honorary degrees at OU’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St.
In addition to Garrett, the following will be awarded honorary degrees:
- James T. Bialac, Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the most important private collectors of Native American Art in the country, who has helped provide new insight into Native American culture
- Carol Jean Robinson Burr, Norman, an OU alumna who has chronicled the life of OU for decades, providing a rich historic, archive of the people and events that shaped the institution
- Chun Chia Lin, Madison, Wisconsin, research physicist and distinguished faculty member who has led one of the world’s foremost groups of physicists studying atomic collisions
- Reggie N. Whitten, Edmond, founder and leader of several national and international nonprofit organizations that have improved and enriched the lives of thousands of young people, including at-risk youth, both nationally and internationally
“The university is proud to honor these outstanding individuals who have made a great contribution to the university, state and nation,” said OU President David L. Boren.