Lynne V. Cheney, the chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will deliver the commencement address at Utah State University Saturday, June 8, USU President Stanford Cazier announced Monday.
Cheney will also be awarded an honorary doctorate from USU during ceremonies that begin in the Spectrum at 9:30 a.m.Also receiving honorary doctorates will be Dr. R. Gaurth Hansen, Logan; Dr. Marcus M. Jensen, Provo; Dr. I. King Jordan and Joseph Verner Reed, Washington, D.C.
Cheney is in her second term as chairman of the NEH. She has also taught at several colleges and universities, was a magazine editor and widely published author. She has written two novels and co-authored a third. With her husband, U.S. Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney, she wrote a history of the House of Representatives.
Hansen is provost emeritus and distinguished professor emeritus of nutrition and food sciences and biochemistry at USU.
He is internationally known for his contributions in evaluating the nutritional quality of foods.
Jensen, holder of bachelor's and master's degrees from USU, is professor of microbiology at Brigham Young University.
His research has been in airborne spread of infection, waterborne spread of viruses, natural resistance to infectious diseases and the role of viruses in kidney diseases.
Jordan was appointed president of Gallaudet University in March, 1988, becoming the first deaf president in the 125 year history of the university.
After suffering profound hearing loss at the age of 21, Jordan earned a bachelor's degree at Gallaudet in 1970, and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Tennessee in 1973.
Reed is chief of protocol of the United States and holds the rank of ambassador. Earlier he was undersecretary general for political and general assembly affairs at the United Nations, the highest ranking American in the Secretariat.
Until 1985 he was ambassador of the United States to Morocco.