Temple to Award Honorary Degrees to Three Standouts

(Package by: Liana Daywalt)


Honorary degrees will be rewarded to three individuals who exemplify the highest professional, intellectual, humanitarian and leadership qualities at Temple’s 128th Commencement ceremony.

The three prominent Philadelphia figures to be honored at the ceremony will be Temple alumni Malcolm Hoenlein (CLA ’65) and Kevin Negandhi (SMC ’98) as well as and James Joo-Jin Kim.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Kevin Negandhi. Negandhi will be receiving The honorary doctorate of communication. Currently the morning anchor on ESPN‘s flagship program SportsCenter, Negandhi worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, stringer for USA Today, was the sports director of Temple Update, and sports editor of The Temple News. He is the first anchor of Indian-American descent on a national sports network in American television history. Negandhi has also hosted other ESPN shows including Baseball Tonight, NFL Live, College Football Live and Outside the Lines.

Malcolm Hoenlien is one of the most influential Jewish leaders in the Western world. He will receive the honorary doctorate of human letters for his national and international works, consulting with the State of Israel and Arab-Israeli relations. Hoenlien has been the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization for the past 3 decades.

Joo-jin Kim will receive the honorary doctorate of business award for his work as Executive chairman of Amkor Technology, Inc. and co-founder of Electronics Boutique. Amkor Technology is one of the world’s leading suppliers of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. Kim established Amkor Technology as the U.S. base for Anam and grew it to a publicly traded $3.1 billion company.

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