I am pleased to announce that the UPJ commencement speaker for 2002 will be Bill Cosby. It will be a tremendous honor for our university to host this dynamic individual and fellow Pennsylvanian during the ceremonies on May 4.
I do not need to explain in detail who Bill Cosby is, for many of you already know him through his career. Mr. Cosby is a noted entertainer, first and foremost, widely recognized for his gift of humor. His comedy albums have appeared in the Top Ten, and he has received multiple Grammy Awards for his work. As an actor, he earned critical acclaim for his roles in the television sitcom "The Cosby Show" and in the series "I Spy." He is also a prolific author, and his book Fatherhood dominated the New York Times Best Seller List at #1.
Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Cosby is an educator. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Temple University, he continued his studies, earning his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. His many contributions to furthering education, including generous donations, children's educational television programs, and a series of children's books, have earned Mr. Cosby my respect and the respect of the UPJ community. It is my privilege to have Mr. Cosby speak at the commencement in May, and I commend him for his dedication to academics.
An honorary doctorate will be conferred on Mr. Cosby during this year's commencement.