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Duquesne School of Law to Present Honorary Degree to Mark Nordenberg at 100th Commencement

The Duquesne University School of Law will host its 100th annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at 11 a.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Mark A. Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, will be awarded an honorary degree by the law school and will deliver the Commencement address at the ceremony.

"We are thrilled that Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will join his many friends and colleagues at Duquesne to accept this special honorary degree and to address our impressive class of graduates," said Law Dean Ken Gormley. "Mark has made great contributions to the region and to our profession as a lawyer and academic leader at Pitt. On a personal note, Mark was a mentor to me as a young faculty member at Pitt law school-when (Duquesne chancellor and law professor) John Murray Jr. was dean of that school-and has remained a friend and mentor ever since. The entire Duquesne community is proud of his accomplishments and honored that he will be joining us for the law school's 100th Commencement ceremony."

Nordenberg first joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 as a faculty member in the School of law, where he specialized in civil litigation. Recognized for his work in the classroom, he received the inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award presented annually by the Pitt law school's graduating class. Nordenberg later served as dean of the School of Law and as interim provost of the University. He was named a Distinguished Service Professor in 1994.

In 1995, Nordenberg was elected interim chancellor and, after a national search, was elected chancellor in 1996. Under his leadership, the University of Pittsburgh conducted a historical $2 billion capital campaign and has experienced significant growth in applications, enrollment and academic quality of its students. He helped foster partnerships with UPMC and Carnegie Mellon University, and has led Pitt in its drawing more than $9 billion of sponsored research support into the region.

He is the namesake of the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair, the Mark A. Nordenberg Residence Hall and the Mark A. Nordenberg Scholarship Fund. In addition, Nordenberg is a past chair of both the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities. He is a graduate of Thiel College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.