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Three to receive honorary degrees from KU

October 17, 2012

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— Kansas University will grant honorary degrees at the 2013 Commencement to a world-renowned dancer, an acclaimed artist and a leader in sustainable agriculture.

Karole Armitage, Wendell Castle, and Wes Jackson will be honored for their contributions to society at the May 19, 2013 event in Memorial Stadium.

"These three individuals each embody the mission of the University of Kansas, which is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. They have each enriched our world, making it a better, more vibrant place in which to live," said Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approved KU's recommendation, which was put together by the school's Committee on Honorary Degrees.

Armitage started dancing in Lawrence and returns regularly to perform at the Lied Center and host master classes at KU.

Castle, who has been a leading figure in designer furniture, received bachelor and master degrees from KU.

Jackson, earned a master degree from KU, and founded The Land Institute, which promotes sustainable crops. Rolling Stone called him one of "100 agents of change."

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