PHOTO CALL: Patricia Birch, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Frank Wildhorn Receive Honorary Doctoral Degrees From Marymount Manhattan

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27 May 2014

On May 23 Marymount Manhattan College held its 65th annual commencement exercises at Avery Fisher Hall. In addition to the over 400 graduates receiving degrees, honorary doctoral degrees were given to Patricia Birch, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Frank Wildhorn.



The ceremony was emceed by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty David Podell, and presided over by Judson R. Shaver, Ph.D., president of Marymount Manhattan College.



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MMC Board Chairperson Hope Knight, honorary degree recipients Andrew Ross Sorkin, Patricia Birch and Frank Wildhorn with President Shaver
Photo by Joe Vericker/PhotoBureau



Patricia Birch: Ms. Birch is an accomplished dancer, Emmy award-winning director and Tony-nominated choreographer. She has a distinguished body of work in television and film, and on and off-Broadway. Some of her most well-known works include "Big,” "Grease" and “Grease 2” and the 1974 Broadway revival of Candide.

Andrew Ross Sorkin: Mr. Sorkin was the 2011 Rudin lecturer at Marymount Manhattan College. He is the chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and a columnist for The New York Times and author of Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System —and Themselves. Mr. Sorkin has appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” and is a frequent guest host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Frank Wildhorn: Mr. Wildhorn is the recipient of the 2014 President’s Award, and was honored at the President’s Gala. He also assists Marymount Manhattan students by teaching master classes. Mr. Wildhorn is an award-nominated composer, lyricist and producer whose works span the worlds of popular, theatrical and classical music. In 1999, Mr. Wildhorn became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War. He wrote the music and lyrics for the #1 international hit, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” for Whitney Houston, as well as served as music director for the 1998 Goodwill Games. Mr. Wildhorn also wrote the music for "Gold," the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), founded in 1936, is an urban, independent, liberal arts, four-year College. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the College provides an intimate academic and artistic environment in which intellectual achievement and personal growth are fostered within its student body. MMC enrolls approximately 1,600 undergraduate students, from 42 states and 60 countries.