Each year at Commencement, through the conferral of honorary degrees, Denison University recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to their field.

This year, Mark Malloch-Brown, president of Open Society Foundations and former deputy secretary general of the U.N., will deliver the keynote address at Denison University’s 182nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13. At the ceremony, Malloch-Brown also will be recognized with the conferring of an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Malloch-Brown has worked to advance human rights, justice, and development for more than four decades in a variety of roles: with the United Nations, the World Bank, and as a British government minister, as well as with a range of civil society groups and businesses. His distinguished career in international affairs includes service as deputy secretary general of the United Nations under Kofi Annan, heading the United Nations Development Programme, directing external affairs at the World Bank, and working as a British government minister.