What a surprise and unexpected honor to hear from one of my alma maters–where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Chicago to have been named the Distinguished Alumnus of 2020.
‘The Northeastern Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest alumni honor the University bestows. It recognizes a particular achievement of note,
a series of such achievements or a career of outstanding accomplishment. Since the award’s inception Northeastern has recognized alumni who have distinguished themselves as preeminent in their fields, excelling in their vocations and avocations.’
These are strange and unfortunate times. I am in self-quarantine in the Chihuahan desert. Most events in the country are being cancelled or postponed. It’s wise.
In lieu of attending a gala (which is postponed at this time) I will be accepting with deep appreciation via video.
And I am very honored and delighted to be giving the forthcoming commencement speech–via internet.
My deepest appreciation to the nomination committee and all those at NEIU who were in support.