- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Civil Rights leader John Lewis is delivering the commencement address at Bates College.

Degrees are being awarded Sunday to 470 seniors representing more than 30 states and the District of Columbia and roughly 40 countries.

The congressman from Georgia is one of four leaders receiving honorary degrees during the ceremony on Sunday. The others are Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of “Still Alice;” Daniel Gilbert, psychologist and author of “Stumbling on Happiness;” and University of Alabama leader Robert Witt.

Bates President Clayton Spencer said it was appropriate for Lewis to address a college founded by abolitionists, saying his “life and work exemplify the animating values of this institution.”


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