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Jamal, Norman, Chung, Sherman to Receive Degrees

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 1, 2015

ahmadjamalNew England Conservatory will bestow honorary Doctor of Music (hon. D.M.) degrees on four distinguished musicians at its 144th annual Commencement Exercises, Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall. The recipients are jazz pianist and leader Ahmad Jamal, soprano Jessye Norman, violinist Kyung-Wha Chung, and pianist Russell Sherman. NEC’s Distinguished Artist-in-Residence who recently celebrated his 85th birthday with an all-Beethoven recital, Sherman will give the Commencement address.

In addition, approximately 245 graduating students in the class of 2015 will be awarded degrees and diplomas including the Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Artist Diploma. Other speakers will include President Tony Woodcock, Provost Thomas Novak, and a student speaker to be announced.

The Exercises are free and open to the public.

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