Allan E. Goodman delivers commencement address and receives honorary degree at Dickinson College

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Allan E. Goodman Delivers Commencement Address and Receives Honorary Degree at Dickinson College

CARLISLE, PA, May 22, 2011—In his Commencement address to the Dickinson College Class of 2011 on May 22, IIE president and CEO Allan E. Goodman called on the graduating students to be "useful, engaged, and above all, thoughtful citizens."

Dickinson College President William G. Durden is a Member of the Advisory Board of CIES for the Senior Fulbright Scholar Program and a member of the Institute of International Education's Board of Trustees. In his remarks, President Durden noted the long-standing association between IIE and Dickinson College, reading from a certificate that the Institute had presented to Dickinson 1951, in recognition of the college's "outstanding contribution to the advancement of world understanding and betterment of the foreign relations of the United States through the medium of the international exchange of persons." Dickinson was one of the earliest schools to be a part of IIE's membership association, and this citation reflects the college's long-standing and ongoing commitment to global education.

At the Commencement ceremony, Dickinson College bestowed honorary degrees to three distinguished figures in American and international culture and education. Dr. Goodman accepted an honorary doctor of international education. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, received an honorary doctorate of global education; and James DePriest, director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Julliard School, laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony and artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony, received an honorary doctor of arts.

As president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, Harriet Mayor Fulbright advances the work of her late husband, Sen. J. William Fulbright, and continues her own life's work. Serving as an unofficial ambassador for the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, she traveled to five continents and throughout the United States to speak about the importance of international-education exchange and the pivotal role played by the Fulbright Program.

James DePreist, a published poet and accomplished musician, is the director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Juilliard School, laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony and artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony. A former assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic who was appointed by then-conductor Leonard Bernstein, DePriest has more than 50 recordings to his credit and has appeared as a guest conductor with every North-American orchestra. DePreist also served as permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and as music director of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic. He has authored two books of poetry.

Allan E. Goodman is president and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE). The IIE administers the Fulbright Program and is the leading nonprofit, international-educational exchange and development-training organization in the United States. Prior to joining IIE, Goodman was executive dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a professor at Georgetown University. Goodman also served as presidential-briefing coordinator for the director of central intelligence and as special assistant to the director of the National Foreign Assessment Center.