Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and five others will receive honorary degrees at Brown University’s 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28th in Providence.
De Niro, long one of the nation’s most celebrated performers, received his first Academy Award in 1974 for best supporting actor for his role in `The Godfather Part II’ and six years later won another Oscar for best actor for his role in `Raging Bull.’
Others being tapped for honorary degrees include Daveed Diggs, performer, rapper and writer. Diggs is slated to give the baccalaureate address on Saturday afternoon to the class of 2017 at First Baptist Church in America. Donald Hood, a renowned professor of psychology and ophthalmic science at Columbia university; Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, the world’s second largest food and beverage company; Richard Parsons, former chairman of Citigroup and CEO of Time-Warner; and Rosmarie Waldrop, a poet and fiction writer who has taught at Wesleyan University as well as Tufts University and Brown.