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Denzel Washington receives honorary Penn degree
“The coach didn’t give him enough playing time,” Washington said, drawing laughs. “We’ll talk about that later.”
Washington received an honorary doctorate at the ceremony. In granting the degree, Penn President Amy Gutmann said that his moving performances have “entertained us, inspired us and often enlightened us.” She also praised his off-screen work with charities and social causes, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Other honorary degree recipients included author Joyce Carol Oates, husband-and-wife journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, cellphone entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi and sociology scholar Renee C. Fox.
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