Sacred Heart University Announces 43rd Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

News Story: January 17, 2013

Dave Price, the weather anchor for CBS' The Early Show, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University's 43rd Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 17th, at 11:00 a.m. on Campus Field. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.  

Norbert Becker, an international financier and SHU trustee, will address the University's Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 16th, at 1:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SHU in 2000. 

Also receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Undergraduate Commencement on May 17th is legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck.  

The University will bestow a total of 1,427 degrees this year, including 35 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees, 433 master's degrees, 884 bachelor's degrees, 25 associate's degrees and 50 professional certificates.  

Dave Price is the weather anchor for CBS' The Early Show and covers major weather events for the CBS Evening News. He joined CBS News in July 2003. In addition to reporting on the weather, he travels around the globe bringing stories to millions of viewers. He was in New York City, live on-air, as the first tragic moments of September 11 unfolded, was one of the few reporters who spent the night enduring Hurricane Katrina inside the Superdome in New Orleans, and has been through Iraq four times (including the night Saddam Hussein was executed). His stops have taken him to every state in the nation and to over 80 countries around the globe. An alumnus of Cornell and Columbia universities, he initially spent almost a decade as a corporate human resources executive before "reinventing" himself in broadcast journalism. He's won five Emmy awards and a Gracie award for his work. When not reporting for The Early Show, he is involved in numerous local and national charities, including Stars for Stripes, the Near and Far Foundation, the ASPCA, and Sacred Heart University.  

Dave Brubeck, designated a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, is one of the most active and popular musicians in the world. Growing up a 45,000-acre California ranch, he began to work as a cowboy and entered college as a pre-med student, before switching to music. In 1942, he graduated with a degree in music, married Iola Whitlock, and enlisted in the Army.  In 1954, Time Magazine ran a cover story about his remarkable place in the jazz world, and in 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded an experiment in time signatures. "Time Out" is now 50 years old. He has received numerous honors, notably the National Medal of the Arts and a "Grammy" Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Endowment for the Arts has declared him a Jazz Master, and he was officially designated a Jazz Legend by the NEA at Kennedy Center ceremonies in Washington. A Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University, he holds honorary degrees from American, Canadian, English and German universities, including an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology from Fribourg University, Switzerland, and the prestigious Laetare Award from Notre Dame.    

Norbert Becker has been involved in global professional services for three decades and is a founding partner and chairman of Atoz, a high-end independent advisory firm offering a comprehensive and integrated range of tax and financial advisory services. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Compagnie de Banque Privée, "CBP," a private bank incorporated in Luxembourg, which he serves as chairman. Mr. Becker is also involved as an independent director with other companies in Luxembourg and abroad, including Skype and PayPal, both wholly owned subsidiaries of eBay. In addition, he serves as an independent director of a number of investment companies including the Rothschild Group. Sacred Heart University sponsors the only American-accredited MBA program in Luxembourg, and he has been a member of the Board of Regents, SHU's advisory body there, since 2005, and is a University Trustee. Mr. Becker was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University in 2000.