Vartan Gregorian to Speak at St. Edward's 125th Commencement

St. Edward's University will confer 690 degrees during the university's 125th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River. Vartan Gregorian, the president of Carnegie Corporation, will deliver the keynote address and will be recognized with an honorary degree.

Vartan Gregorian has served in many influential roles during his distinguished career as an educator, author and institutional leader. In his current position as the 12th president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Gregorian has ushered the largest American grantmaking foundation to its 100th year in fulfilling its mission “for doing real and permanent good in the world.”

Gregorian is a world citizen who embraces the importance of international understanding. Born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, he received his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon. Majoring in history and the humanities at Stanford University, he earned Baccalaureate honors in 1958 as well as a PhD in 1964.

Gregorian has dedicated a significant part of his career to higher education, teaching European and Middle Eastern history. At the University of Pennsylvania, he was appointed Tarzian Professor of History, became the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and ultimately served as the University’s 23rd provost. Gregorian later became the 16th president of Brown University.

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