In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who will give the keynote address, Tulane University will be honoring a star-studded lineup at the school's 2019 spring graduation this month.
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Emmy and Tony-winning actress Blythe Danner and civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis will also receive honorary degrees during the event, officials announced Monday.
“These individuals embody and exemplify Tulane’s values of achievement, innovation and compassion,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “They inspire us all by having attained the greatest success in their chosen fields while enriching and empowering the lives of others.”
Baquet has been executive editor of The New York Times since 2014. He served first as the paper's Washington bureau chief from 2007 to 2011 and then as managing editor. He also did a stint at the Los Angeles Times, where he was managing editor.
A native of New Orleans and a graduate of St. Augustine High School, Baquet started his career at The Times-Picayune. He also worked for The Chicago Tribune, where he was associate metro editor for investigations. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 when he led a three-member team in documenting corruption on the Chicago City Council. He has won numerous other awards.
Danner made her Broadway debut in "Cyrano de Bergerac" in 1968 and won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the 1969 production of "The Miser." She won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in "Butterflies Are Free" and garnered Emmy Awards for her performances on “Huff” and “Will & Grace.”
Danner is on the boards of Environmental Advocates of New York and the Environmental Media Association. After the death of her husband, producer Bruce Paltrow, Danner founded the Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund. She and Bruce Paltrow were the parents of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.
Lewis was one of the nationally acclaimed "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He was also one of the original Freedom Riders who traveled on interstate buses to challenge segregation across the South. He helped spearhead the march against violence on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, during which he was severely beaten and arrested.
In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council, and in 1986 to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for the past 33 years. Lewis has received the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address at Tulane University's 2019 spring gradu…
Tulane officials announced in February that Cook, who replaced Steve Jobs as Apple's chief executive in 2011, would be the ceremony's keynote speaker.
While at the helm of Apple, Cook has overseen the introduction of innovative products and has sought to champion inclusion, officials said.
He has given millions to the American Red Cross and other organizations and has become the largest corporate donor to (RED), a nonprofit that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. He has also equipped the company's global facilities with 100 percent renewable energy and has received numerous honors, including the Newseum’s Free Speech Award.
Tulane's graduation is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It will feature approximately 3,000 graduates and live music by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band.