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Eckerd College Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipients

Dennis Lehane '88, award-winning novelist, commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. A 1988 graduate of Eckerd's creative writing program and former student of novelist Sterling Watson and poet Peter Meinke, Mr. Lehane is the author of a highly successful series of Boston detective novels. Mystic River, a New York Times best seller, became an Oscar-winning film directed by Clint Eastwood. Mr. Lehane teaches fiction writing and serves as a member of the board of directors for a low-residency MFA program sponsored by Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He serves as co-director of the Writers in Paradise workshop held in January at Eckerd College. For Lehane's complete bio, click here.
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Bruce Cole, a scholar of Renaissance art and eighth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Mr. Cole came to the NEH, an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities, in December 2001 from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was Distinguished Professor of Art History and Professor of Comparative Literature. For Cole's complete bio, click here.
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Dr. Akiko Tanaka, president and co-founder of the Tampa Bay Research Institute and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Dr. Tanaka leads the Institute's research programs that focus on the study of chronic diseases such as cancer and infectious diseases. The Institute holds more than 10 patents on a pine cone extract that has the potential to prevent or ameliorate the effects of herpes, HIV and hepatitis C infections as well as inhibiting cancerous growth.
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