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Dartmouth Announces Commencement Speaker

Hanover — Geoffrey Canada, the president of an educational nonprofit in New York City, will deliver Dartmouth College’s commencement address next month.

Canada is the president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., which provides educational opportunities to underprivileged children living in Harlem. The nonprofit follows children from birth to college to help them stay on track through the job market. The organization works in neighborhoods to surround children with support groups and “college-oriented peers.”

Canada has become a voice for education reform, making appearances on 60 Minutes, TED Talks Education and The Oprah Winfrey Show . The New York Times, USA Today and various other news organizations have written about Canada’s work.

He grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, troubled neighborhood before receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College.

Canada went on to get his master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

Dartmouth’s commencement ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. June 9 on the college green.

The college will present Canada with a doctor of humane letters honorary degree.

Six others will also receive honorary degrees:

■ Susan Desmond-Hellmann is an oncologist and the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco.

■ Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., is a 1963 Dartmouth alumnus and former IBM chairman and CEO.

■ Judith Jamison is a dancer, choreographer and the artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

■ William H. King, Jr., is a 1963 Dartmouth alumnus and former trustee, as well as a litigator and civic leader.

■ Alanis Obomsawin is a Canadian filmmaker, singer and social activist.

■ Subra Suresh is the former director of the National Science Foundation, as well as an engineer.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.