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Three Awarded Honorary Degrees at DePauw's 172nd Commencement

May 22, 2011

Also: Tim Solso '69 Addresses Class of 2011; 512 Students Receive DePauw Diplomas; Photo Galleries 1, 2, 3; Order Your Commencement DVD

97402May 22, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Video Link [Download Video: "Prof. Cassel Grubb Honored" - 6714kb] "This is a day that I shall always remember," Cassel Grubb, professor emeritus of music at DePauw and former director of the DePauw University School of Music, said this afternoon as he was presented with an honorary doctorate at the 172nd annual commencement.  "I'm especially honored because it's given from the University where I taught and performed for 40 years." (at left: Professor Grubb with DePauw President Brian W. Casey at today's commencement ceremonies)

Grubb, who is 87, was a professor of cello at DePauw from 1949 until his retirement forty years later. He was appointed director of the School of Music in 1978 and held that post until his retirement in 1989.

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and professor of history at Stanford University, received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from DePauw today.  He called it an "enormous honor," adding, Video Link [Download Video: "Prof. Ian Morris" - 4533kb] "And I was feeling a 97354little bit humble just now listening to what some of you graduating seniors have already managed to do."  Morris said, "For an academic this is the greatest award you can possibly hope to get in a lifetime, so I'd like to thank everybody at DePauw for doing me this enormous honor."

Theodore M. "Tim" Solso, chairman and chief executive officer of Cummins Inc. and today's principal commencement speaker, was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration degree.

Learn more about the three honorary degree recipients in this previous article.

A short time after the awarding of the honorary degrees, stormy weather forced the 512 graduating seniors and President Brian Casey indoors to Meharry Hall, where the program concluded. 

Two retiring members of the DePauw faculty were also honored today: Barbara Bean, professor of English, who came to DePauw in 1987; 97358and Cynthia E. Cornell, Jane Cooling Brady Professor of Early English Literature and professor of English, who has been on the faculty since 1975.

DePauw senior Christine Walker, the recipient of the 2011 Walker Cup, also addressed her classmates today.  Access a summary of her remarks here.

For the tenth year in a row, DePauw is producing a limited edition commemorative DVD.  The disc, which is professionally replicated, will include footage of graduates receiving their DePauw diplomas as well as a range of bonus materials. 2011 graduates will each receive a free copy of the DVD this year, to make up for the disruption to the commencement ceremony caused by the threat of dangerous weather.  Other orders are now being accepted at $19.95 for the first disc; additional DVDs sent to the same address are $8 each (7% sales tax will be added to Indiana orders). An online order form is available here; you can learn more about the disc in this article.

The Latin honors for the class of 2011 graduates are listed here.  For more information on DePauw's 172nd commencement, click here.

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