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Five to receive honorary degrees at Washington University’s 155th Commencement

Washington University in St. Louis will award five honorary degrees during its 155th Commencement May 20.

5.15.2015--154th Commencement Ceremonies held in the Quad of the Danforth Campus of WashU.

During the ceremony, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus, the university will bestow academic degrees on approximately 2,800 members of the Class of 2016.

U.S. Congressman John R. Lewis, considered one of the most courageous and influential leaders in the civil rights movement, will deliver the Commencement address.

Lewis, who in the 1960s took part in the Freedom Rides challenging bus terminal segregation and helped plan the March on Washington, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the university.

Other honorary degree recipients include Stephen F. Brauer, chairman and CEO of Hunter Engineering Co. and a former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, doctor of laws.

Brauer joined Hunter Engineering in 1971. The company, which is headquartered in St. Louis, designs and manufactures computer-based automotive equipment used by automobile manufacturers and dealers worldwide.

A native of St. Louis, Brauer took a leave of absence from Hunter to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium from 2001 to 2003.

His long association with Washington University began in 1987 when he joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science National Council, which he chaired from 2005 to 2015. He was elected to the university’s Board of Trustees in 1991 and served as its chair from 2009 to 2014. He was named a life trustee in 2008.

Brauer, who chaired the engineering school’s capital campaign from 1996 to 2004, serves as vice chair of the Engineering Campaign Executive Committee for Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University.

In 1997, he and his wife, Camilla, endowed the Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Distinguished Professorship in Biomedical Engineering. In 2008, they provided the lead gift for the school’s Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, which opened in 2010. They also have provided significant support for student scholarships in the engineering school and in the Olin Business School.

The engineering school presented him with the Dean’s Award in 1998, and in 2009, the Brauers received the award together in recognition of their philanthropy and service to the school and to the university.

Among his many other honors, Brauer has received the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association Science and Technology Award in 1993; the Alumni Achievement Award and an honorary doctor of laws from Westminster College in 1997; and the Winston Churchill Medal for Leadership in 2013 from the National Churchill Museum on Westminster’s campus.

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