Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright
and a 1954 graduate of Druid Hills High School, will deliver the
main address at this years Commencement exercises, to be held
Best known for the Academy Award-winning screenplay for the 1989
film Driving Miss Daisy, which he adapted from his play of
the same name, Uhry donated his papers to Woodruff Librarys
Special Collections in 1999. He also has been working with the Playwriting
Center at Theater Emory since 1996.
Other Uhry works include The Robber Bridegroom (1975); the
screenplay for Mystic Pizza (1988); the Tony Award-winning
The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1996), commissioned for the Cultural
Olympiad of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta; and the
1999 Tony Award winner Parade, based on the lynching of Atlantas
As is the custom with Emorys Commencement speakers, Uhry
also will receive an honorary degree from the University. Other
2002 honorary degree recipients include:
Professor of mathematical sciences at Yale University, Mandelbrot
is an international prize-winning mathematician and physicist whose
fractal sets have influenced disciplines from ecology
to music to statistical mechanics. Among his many awards include
the Field Medal, which is often called the Nobel Prize for mathematics.
A broadly educated and cultured man, Mandelbrot also is an opera
buff and wine expert.
Managing director of the World Bank since 2000, Ramphele is former
vice chancellor (president) of the University of Cape Town, the
first black woman to hold such a post at a South African university.
She earned a medical degree at University of Natal in 1972 and also
holds a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of
Cape Town. Ramp-hele has lectured at Emory previously on race and
and Larry Colburn. Together with the late Glenn Andreotta,
Thompson and Colburn risked their lives on March 16, 1968, to save
Vietnamese civilians at My Lai who were being slaughtered by U.S.
Army forces, operating under orders to kill everyone in the village.
Thompson and his helicopter crew confronted Lt. William Calley and
airlifted the surviving villagers away from the danger.