Published April 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Academy Award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck is among six artists, writers, scientists and educators selected to receive honorary degrees from Brown University during graduation ceremonies next month.
The Ivy League school says Affleck will receive a doctor of fine arts during commencement exercises on May 26. The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in "Argo," which won this year's Oscar for Best Picture.
Others getting honorary doctorates are author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; physician and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.
By custom, the undergraduate commencement will feature speakers who are members of the graduating class.