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Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

May 12, 2003
CONTACT: Dennis O'Shea

Johns Hopkins to Award Five Honorary Degrees

The Johns Hopkins University will award honorary degrees of doctor of humane letters at commencement to five distinguished leaders in government, education, business and philanthropy, including Johns Hopkins alumnus Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York.

The conferrals will take place during the university's commencement ceremony, at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, at Homewood Field at the northern edge of the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Later that day, Bloomberg will speak at the diploma award ceremony for graduating seniors in the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering. That 1:45 p.m. ceremony also takes place at Homewood Field.

The awards will bring to 414 the number of honorary degrees conferred by Johns Hopkins since the first were given in 1880 to Henry Rowland, the first Johns Hopkins professor of physics, and in 1881 to President Rutherford B. Hayes. A list of the 409 previous recipients of honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins is at www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/commence03/honorary/ chrono.html.

Note: The citations that will accompany the conferral of the degrees are available to reporters. Please contact Dennis O'Shea; contact information is above.

The honorary degree recipients are:

Michael R. Bloomberg, the 108th mayor of New York. A 1964 engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg, 61, served on the university's board of trustees from 1987 to 2002 and chaired the board for the last six years of his service. In 2001, the university renamed its School of Public Health in his honor, recognizing his unprecedented commitment of energy and financial support to that school and to the entire university. His official biography is available at www.nyc.gov.

Randolph W. Bromery, former chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, former president of Springfield College, and former acting president of Westfield State College, interim chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education and interim president of Roxbury Community College. He is also a distinguished geologist and earned his Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins in 1968. He was a trustee of the university from 1986 to 1994 and is now trustee emeritus. He lives in Amherst, Mass.

Claire M. Fagin, dean emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and former interim president of Penn. She is a national leader in both nursing education and health policy and an advocate for universal health care and improved geriatric nursing care. She will speak at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Diploma Award Ceremony on the afternoon of May 22. She lives in New York.

Sidney Kimmel, philanthropist, anti-cancer activist and founder of the Jones Apparel Group. He has established cancer centers in New York, San Diego and Philadelphia and at Johns Hopkins. His $150 million gift in 2001 to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, to support both research and patient care, is the largest in Johns Hopkins history. He is also a major supporter of causes involving education, the arts and culture. He lives in New York.

Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of chairman emeritus of Intel Corp. and one of the visionaries of the computer revolution. A former staff member of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Moore helped to create Intel Corp. in 1968 and served as executive vice president, president and then chairman of the company that created the microprocessor. He is perhaps best known for the accuracy of his 1965 prediction, now known as "Moore's Law," of the exponential growth of computing power. He lives in Woodside, Calif.

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