SOUTH BEND — Retiring alumni association director Charles F. "Chuck" Lennon and former head football coach Lou Holtz will be among 12 people who will be presented honorary degrees at the University of Notre Dame’s May 22 commencement in Notre Dame Stadium.
They will join Robert M. Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, who will be the principal speaker.
Here are those who will be honored:
- Lennon, associate vice president for University Relations, has served for 30 years as executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. He will retire in June. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Notre Dame and was a member of the Irish baseball team as an undergraduate.
- Holtz, Notre Dame’s head football coach from 1986 to 1996 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, led the Irish to the 1988 national championship. He coached the most games and has the second-most victories in university history. He and his wife, Beth, have been active in philanthropic efforts such as the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation and the Women’s Care Center of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
- Michael J. Brennan is a professor emeritus of finance at UCLA and the London Business School, and a pioneer in the field of modern finance. Born in England, he was educated at Oxford University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Shirin Ebadi, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. She was the first woman justice in the history of the Iranian judicial system. She has lived in exile in the United Kingdom since 2009.
- John W. Glynn, a 1962 Notre Dame graduate, is founder and president of Glynn Capital Management, a venture capital investment firm in Menlo Park, Calif., and a member of the university’s board of trustees.
-Michael D. Griffin is a physicist and aerospace engineer who served from 2005 to 2009 as the 11th NASA administrator. Since leaving NASA, he has served as a scholar and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
-The Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, bishop of Tucson, Ariz. He is a Chicago native who was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1967.
- Huguette Labelle is chancellor of the University of Ottawa (Ontario) and a global leader in anti-corruption efforts. She is chair of the board of Transparency International, an organization that promotes transparency in elections, public administration, procurement and business, and a member of the board of the United Nations Global Compact.
- Laurent Lafforgue, a French mathematician, is a professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques. He was the recipient of the 2002 Fields Medal for his work related to the Langlands Program in number theory.
- John C. Mather, a co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for physics, is a senior astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. He and George Smoot received the Nobel Prize for development of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite project.
- Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and chief executive officer of Acumen Fund, a global nonprofit venture devoted to providing philanthropic capital to invest in businesses.
- Mary Beth O’Brien, who for more than 50 years has worked with Ladies of Charity USA, the American affiliate of the international organization founded in the 17th century in France by St. Vincent DePaul to respond to the needs of the poor.