June 13, 2021

Trailblazing Physician, Pioneering Biologist, and Leading Global Environmental Activist to Receive Honorary Degrees

From left: Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Thomas Rivett-Carnac, and Dr. Ngozi O. Ezike.

Knox College announced today the recipients of honorary degrees to be awarded for its 2021 Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 5. They are Dr. Ngozi O. Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health; Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, senior group leader at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus and a founding member of the neuronal cell biology program at Janelia; and Thomas Rivett-Carnac, co-Founder of Global Optimism and an architect of the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement.

This year, each honorary degree recipient will receive their honorary degree citation virtually from President Teresa Amott, and will in turn record a message for graduates that will be broadcast to the campus community during Senior Week, the week prior to Commencement.

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