winner Dionne Warwick to receive honorary degree from Lincoln
will attend 143rd commencement ceremony
to deliver final commencement address
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[April 29, 2010]
The 143rd commencement ceremonies at
Lincoln College will be on May 8, beginning at 2 p.m., in the new
Lincoln Center on campus. John Hutchinson, who will retire as
college president later this summer, will deliver his final
Dr. Hutchinson has served as president of Lincoln College and senior
administrator for its two central Illinois campuses, in Lincoln and
Normal, for the past five years. Hutchinson holds a doctorate from
Purdue University in speech pathology and speech science.
In addition to Hutchinson's address, Mubeen Khan of Wheeling will
deliver the student address. Miss Khan was selected as Lincoln
College's Illinois Student Laureate earlier this year. She is also a
finalist competing for the National Coca-Cola Scholarship.
One hundred eighty-two candidates are eligible to receive an
This year's honorary degree recipient is Ms. Dionne Warwick, the
Grammy-winning recording artist, TV personality and noted
humanitarian. The award is in recognition of her illustrious 40-year
career in music and television, as well as her philanthropy around
Upon announcement of her selection for an honorary Doctor of Fine
Arts degree, Hutchinson said: "It is fitting because Lincoln College
has a long history of excellence in the fine arts. Recognizing
someone of Ms. Warwick's stature brings luster to the college, while
at the same time celebrating the role of fine arts in the cultural
fabric of America."
Warwick received a scholarship in music education to the Hartt
College of Music in Hartford, Conn. She earned a doctorate in music
education from Hartt in 1973. After graduating from college, Warwick
established herself as a hit-maker, thanks to nearly 60 charted hits
since "Don't Make Me Over" began its climb up the charts in December
1962. As a performer, she has charmed and entertained audiences on
every continent, amassing a worldwide following.
Warwick's status as a humanitarian is equally legendary. With her
own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she continues to use her
celebrity status and talent in support of various organizations
dedicated to empowering and inspiring others. In 1997, she was
awarded the Luminary Award by the American Society of Young
Musicians. That same year she joined Gen. Colin Powell in
celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Best Friends program, which
is an abstinence and character-building program for young women.
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In more recent years, her efforts have focused on
leading the music industry in the fight against AIDS. Her
Grammy-winning, chart-topping single "That's What Friends Are For"
raised millions of dollars for the American Foundation for AIDS
Research. Then, in 1990, she joined forces with a number of other
artists who raised more than $2.5 million for various AIDS
organizations during the star-studded "That's What Friends Are For"
benefit at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Some of the highlights of her career:
Received her first
Grammy Award in 1968 for the classic "Do You Know the Way to San
Jose?" She went on rack up a dozen consecutive Top 100 hit
singles from 1963 to 1966.
In 1968 she became
the first African-American female performer to appear before the
queen of England at a royal command performance.
In 1968, she made
her own film debut in the movie "Slaves."
Was co-host of the hit television
program "Solid Gold" in 1980-81 and again in 1985-86.
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