Dr. Vartan Gregorian, member of the AKM Board of Directors to deliver Commencement Address and receive an Honorary Degree from Adelphi University

Dr. Vartan Gregorian,  currently President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. He was  the 16th President of Brown University (1989-1998)   (Image credit  Carnegie.org)Dr. Vartan Gregorian will deliver the Commencement address and be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Adelphi University during its 119th Commencement on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY

Dr. Gregorian is currently one of the members of the Aga Khan Museum (AKM) Board of Directors and has in the past been a member of the Aga Khan University (AKU) Board of Trustees for several years.

Dr. Gregorian is the 12th president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.The former president of Brown University and the New York Public Library, and the former provost at the University of Pennsylvania, he is the author of several scholarly books and recipient of over fifty honorary degrees.

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About Dr. Vartan Gregorian

He was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, receiving his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon. In 1956, he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.

For eight years (1981–1989), Dr. Gregorian served as president of the New York Public Library. In 1989, he was appointed president of Brown University for nine years. Currently, he is the 12th president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Dr. Gregorian serves on several boards, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the American Academy in Berlin. He has served on the boards of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Aga Khan University, the Qatar Foundation, the McGraw-Hill Companies, Brandeis University, Human Rights Watch, The Museum of Modern Art and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1986, Dr. Gregorian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and, in 1989, the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In 2004, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the White House Fellowships Commission.

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Synergy: Dr. Vartan Gregorian & His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV

For many years, Dr. Vartan Gregorian served on the Board of the Aga Khan University.  During Dr. Gregorian’s tenure as president of Brown University, the Aga Khan was the first Muslim spiritual leader to give a Baccalaureate Address at a major American university. He is also the recipient of an honorary degree from Brown University, from which his son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, graduated.

Dr. Gregorian is currently a member of the Aga Khan Museum Board of Directors.

From Ismailimail Archives - May 26, 1996: Brown University President Vartan Gregorian (right) confers the honorary degree Doctor of Laws upon His Highness the Aga Khan. (Image credit AKDN / Gary Otte via TheIsmaili.org)
From Ismailimail Archives – May 26, 1996: Brown University President Vartan Gregorian (right) confers the honorary degree Doctor of Laws upon His Highness the Aga Khan. (Image credit AKDN / Gary Otte via TheIsmaili.org)

On October 15, 2010 in New York, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV announced the establishment of the Aga Khan Visiting Professor of Islamic Humanities at Brown University in honor of Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, who served from 1988 to 1997 as President of Brown University. The gift of $2 million was announced following the October meeting of the Corporation of Brown University.

The university said that the gift will allow Brown to bring in experts from a wide range of disciplines, including religion, history, anthropology and comparative literature. The Aga Khan Visiting Professor of Islamic Humanities will come from any of the various disciplines depending on who is thought to be the best for the job in a given year, and will be affiliated with the Cogut Center for Humanities.

“I am deeply moved and extremely grateful that the Aga Khan has chosen to make this wonderful gift to Brown University in my honor.

It is particularly meaningful to me because the Aga Khan is internationally recognized as a major activist for civilized humanity and in promoting the universal values that unite and transcend us all. And he believes that education, self-reliance, solidarity and character are the elements which keep a community vibrant and healthy and lead to enlightenment and dignity. In addition, he supports the education of women as central to global progress.

I salute him, I thank him, and I celebrate the bond that he has created with Brown University today, and with the generations of students, faculty, scholars and others who will continue to benefit from his generosity on into the future.”

– Vartan Gregorian, 16th President of Brown University (1989 – 1998)

The Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, has emphasized the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith: one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man, Allah’s noblest creation.

In the Shia tradition of Islam, it is the mandate of the Imam of the time to safeguard the individual’s right to personal intellectual search and to give practical expression to the ethical vision of society that the Islamic message inspires.

Addressing as Chairman, the International Conference on the Example (Seerat) of the Prophet Muhammad in Karachi in 1976, the Aga Khan said that the wisdom of Allah’s final Prophet in seeking new solutions for problems which could not be solved by traditional methods, provides the inspiration for Muslims to conceive a truly modern and dynamic society, without affecting the fundamental concepts of Islam.

From Ismailimail Archives - May 26, 1996: His Highness the Aga Khan receives a standing ovation at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Address at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. The President, Vartan Gregorian, is next to him. (Image credit Simerg,com)
From Ismailimail Archives – May 26, 1996: His Highness the Aga Khan receives a standing ovation at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Address at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. The President, Vartan Gregorian, is next to him. (Image credit Simerg,com)

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