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UMass Dartmouth- Nobel Prize-Winning East Timor President to Address Class of 2010

Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta, the President of East Timor, who survived an  assassination attempt during the fight for his nation's independence, will deliver the keynote address at UMass Dartmouth's 110th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday May 23 and be awarded an honorary doctoral degree.

"We are honored to have this opportunity to celebrate the life achievements of these three amazing individuals,'' said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. "President Ramos-Horta's life has been a lesson of unwavering commitment to freedom. Julia Plotnick's belief that health care is a human right has spurred her into real action around the world. And Gerry Mauretti is the personification of the American Dream, combining an unparalled work ethic with an adventurous spirit to create jobs here at home while helping to modernize the global textile industry. Each has demonstrated the courage, innovative spirit and perserverance necessary to change our world for the better and represents shining examples for our graduates." More...