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Actor Bob Newhart to Address Catholic University's Graduates

1 May 1997

a.gif (1076 bytes)ctor and comedian Bob Newhart will deliver the keynote address for The Catholic University of America's 108th commencement to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17.

The ceremony will take place on the university's mall and the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, adjoining Catholic University's campus.

Newhart, whose son Timothy graduated from the university in 1989 with a B.A. from the School of Arts and Sciences, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Bob Newhart has starred in several movies, but perhaps is best known for his two television series, "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972-1980) and "Newhart" (1982-1990). In recent years he has toured and made videos of his classic comedy performances.

Other honorary degree recipients are:

Philip Michael Bosco, a 1957 graduate of the university's drama department. Bosco will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. He won a Tony Award in 1989 for best actor for his performance in Ruth and August Goetz' "The Heiress," and an Obie Award in 1987 for Lifetime Achievment in the Theatre.

The Rev. John F. Hotchkin, executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops since 1971. Hotchkin will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Some 1,500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees will be awarded. More than 10,000 guests are expected to attend the colorful outdoor ceremony.

Catholic University is the nation's only university established by the U.S. Catholic bishops and is the national university of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1887 as a graduate and research institution, the university began offering undergraduate programs in 1904. About 6,100 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled in 10 schools.


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