PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, South Africa in 1931, the son of a schoolteacher and a domestic worker. Tutu has distinguished himself in theological education and served in many diverse leadership positions at several South African universities. His undaunted crusade for justice and reconciliation was recognized by the international community when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. The Anglican Church elected him Bishop of Johannesburg in 1985 and the Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986.
UMES President Thelma B. Thompson will present Tutu with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Over 350 students will receive undergraduate degrees and 75 students will receive graduate degrees.