Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Commencement Speaker and Medalists Announced!





"We are honored that Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), will deliver the keynote address and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction. A pediatrician and professor of medicine at the University of Montreal, Dr. Liu was elected to lead MSF in 2013 and re-elected to a second term earlier this year. She has dedicated her career to those who need it most—refugees, women and children across the globe.

Joining her on the platform to receive Medals are Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; Zainab Salbi, women's rights activist and humanitarian; and Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, philanthropist, and iconic New Yorker. Thanks are due to the Medalist Committee for their help in selecting our honorees, as well as to those who participated in the Commencement speaker conversations." -- From Dean Hinkson's email, February 8, 2017

Read full bios of the medalists at: https://barnard.edu/news/doctors-without-borders-president-joanne-liu-named-barnard-college-commencement-speaker.