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A great-grandson of slaves who became one of America’s most successful business executives, Gordy will be presented with an honorary degree at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the Remsen Bird Hillside Theater on the Occidental campus.
Today, Barack Obama ’83 is a Democratic presidential hopeful, and the national media have discovered that he spent his first two years of college at Occidental. "It’s a wonderful, small liberal arts college," he told the Los Angeles Times in a Jan. 29 news story. "The professors were diverse and inspiring.
It’s a great joy to receive this prestigious honor," Santana told nearly 2,000 faculty, staff and students attending this year’s convocation on Patterson Field. "It means a lot." He became the latest in a series of musicians honored by the College, including cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, singer/songwriter Ray Charles, and conductor Zubin Mehta.