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Teach for America founder to deliver BU commencement, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive honorary degree

Posted by Your Town  May 3, 2013 12:39 PM

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Wendy Kopp, the founder and board chair of Teach for America, will deliver Boston University’s commencement address on May 19, BU officials announced today.

University President Robert A. Brown made the announcement during the annual Senior Breakfast at the George Sherman Union’s Metcalf Ballroom, according to BU Today.

Teach for America employs recent college graduates as teachers in "some of the neediest schools across America," according to BU Today.

"Kopp, a Texas native, founded Teach for America in 1990, just one year after developing a proposal for the organization as her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton University," BU Today said. "The idea for the program grew out of her desire to address educational inequality in America."

Kopp will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, BU Today said. The other honorary degree recipients include Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, chemical engineer Robert S. Langer, and United Methodist Church Bishop Peter D. Weaver.

According to BU Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be honored at commencement with a Boston University Medallion.

Weaver will deliver the Baccalaureate speech the morning of commencement in the Marsh Chapel, according to BU Today.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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