Dennis Brown | April 3, 2017
Six distinguished men and women in the sciences, religion, business and architecture will join principal speaker Vice President Mike Pence as honorary degree recipients at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd University Commencement Ceremony on May 21 (Sunday).
Pence will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The other honorary degree recipients are:
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. (doctor of laws)
A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Bolden served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 34 years, including 14 years as a NASA astronaut. He assumed leadership of NASA in 2009 as the agency’s 12th administrator, overseeing the transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions to the current utilization of the International Space Station and development of revolutionary science and aeronautics technology. As an astronaut, he served on four space shuttle missions, twice as commander and twice as pilot. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russia mission. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Bolden was commissioned into the Marine Corps and flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Cardinal Kevin Farrell (doctor of laws)
The Irish-born Cardinal Farrell is the former bishop of Dallas and chancellor of the University of Dallas. He was elevated last year to cardinal by Pope Francis and appointed to lead the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, a new Vatican department that focuses on the lives of ordinary Catholics worldwide. He is the highest-ranking American serving in the Vatican. He previously served for 24 years in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops he served as a consultant to the Committee on Migration, to the Committee on Divine Worship and as the Treasurer of the conference. He holds degrees from the University of Salamanca in Spain, Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome in 1978.