Harvard University's 362nd Commencement ceremony on May 30, 2013 included bestowing 9 individuals with honorary degrees. Among the recipients was media mogul and celebrity Oprah Winfrey. She, along with six men and two other women, including Jose Antonio Abreu, Thomas M. Menino, C. (Clemmie) Dixon Spangler Jr., Donald R. Hopkins, Lord Robert M. May, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Joanne Stubbe, and Elaine Pagels,
were awarded for their efforts in their fields and their contributions to society.
Winfrey was bestowed the Doctors of Laws degree for her accomplishments as a talk show hostess and owner/operator of the Oprah Winfrey Network. In an official press release, Harvard President Drew Faust offered the reasoning behind selecting her for an honorary degree. He stated: "Oprah's journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women is one of the great American success stories. She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others."
Winfrey offered the Commencement address at the afternoon ceremonies as part of the graduation event. The commencement ceremonies, held at the Tercentenary Theatre on Harvard University's campus, kicked off at 9:45 a.m. A live stream of the event was available online for those unable to attend.
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