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Vernon Jordan '57 Calls Receipt of Honorary Degree at U of Georgia "Poignant"

May 13, 2007

Vernon Jordan Discourse 2.jpgMay 13, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - At yesterday's commencement ceremony at the University of Georgia, Vernon E. Jordan Jr. "said receiving an honorary degree from the university in his home state was 'poignant,'" reports the Athens Banner-Herald. A story in today's newspaper notes that Jordan, a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, "accepted the award on behalf of lawyers he's worked with who pursued the cause of civil rights." It further notes that Jordan was "part of the legal team that helped two students gain admission as UGA's first black students."

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Vernon Jordan, senior managing director of Lazard Fréres & Co. LLC, was recently featured in Newsweek. He is an advisory member of the University's Board of Trustees, and received an honorary degree from DePauw on May 20, 1973, when he delivered the commencement address at his alma mater.