- Associated Press - Sunday, May 28, 2017

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Sen. Susan Collins and actor Patrick Dempsey picked up honorary degrees at the Bates College.

The speaker at the 151st commencement on Sunday was Geoffrey Canada, the president of the Harlem Children’s Zone whose work has transformed the lives of thousands of inner city youth.

He received an honorary degree along with art scholar and Bates alumnus Wanda Corn; Collins, the Republican senator who strives for bipartisanship in the Senate; and Dempsey, the Hollywood actor who helped create a cancer center and an annual run, walk, bike fundraiser in Lewiston.

Degrees were conferred on 460 students from 37 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia, and 33 countries.


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