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March 10, 2004


    OSWEGO -- Two nationally known figures will speak at SUNY Oswego's dual commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 15, when they receive honorary degrees from the State University of New York.

    Theodore C. Sorensen, an attorney, best-selling author and special counsel to President John F. Kennedy, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony for the School of Education and School of Business.

    Now an attorney in New York City, Sorensen has had a distinguished career on the international stage. He joined Kennedy's staff as an assistant when Kennedy was a senator and became his speechwriter and policy adviser in the White House. He was often the man behind the president's words on the Cold War, Cuban missile crisis, civil rights and space race.

    Since then, in addition to his career in international legal practice, he has written seven books, including the best-seller "Kennedy," taught at Princeton University, served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and chaired the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation), among many other governmental, political and civic endeavors.

    A graduate of the University of Nebraska, he has always taken pride in his state school education and the background it gave him to successfully compete with Ivy League lawyers. He is connected to SUNY Oswego through a 1982 alumna, Eileen Green White, his former special assistant.

    A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Shulman had a 35-year career in academe as a professor of educational psychology at Michigan State University and professor of education at Stanford University before assuming the presidency of the Carnegie Foundation in 1997.

    His research group at Stanford laid the conceptual foundations for a reconsideration of the nature of teacher knowledge. He and his colleagues conducted the technical studies and field tests that supported the creation of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the development of portfolio-based assessments.

    His more recent work has focused on strengthening the role of teaching in higher education and promoting scholarship about teaching and learning, areas in which SUNY Oswego's faculty is deeply engaged.

    Shulman received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and is the co-author and co-editor of numerous publications.

    Admission to SUNY Oswego's graduation ceremonies is by ticket. Each degree candidate receives five tickets for friends and family.

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