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Northwestern to honor Colbert, Norman

Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee hearing regarding migrant farm workers and the agricultural industry on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 24, 2010. Colbert was invited to testify after he spent one farcical day as a farm laborer which he said was much harder than punditry. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee hearing regarding migrant farm workers and the agricultural industry on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 24, 2010. Colbert was invited to testify after he spent one farcical day as a farm laborer which he said was much harder than punditry. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

EVANSTON, Ill., May 5 (UPI) -- Northwestern University says it will award honorary degrees to TV star Stephen Colbert and opera singer Jessye Norman at its graduation ceremony in Illinois.

The 153rd commencement exercises are to take place June 17.

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Also to receive honorary degrees are Barbara H. Liskov, professor and associate provost for faculty equity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and William A. Schabas, a professor of human rights law and director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway.

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