The 242nd Commencement
May 30, 2010
Brown University conferred honorary degrees on Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela and seven other distinguished recipients during its 242nd Commencement exercises, Sunday, May 30, 2010. The degrees were conferred on actor Morgan Freeman, computer scientist Barbara Liskov, human rights leader Nelson Mandela, author Shahrnush Parsipur, civic leader Cecile Richards, reporter David Rohde, historian Romila Thapar, and historian Gordon S. Wood. The charge d’affaires at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington accepted the degree on Mandela’s behalf.