James C. Hormel '58 Receives Honorary Degree from Swarthmore

Swarthmore College President Alfred H. Bloom awarded an honorary degree to James C. Hormel at the College's 137th commencement on Sunday, May 31, 2009.

James C. Hormel is renowned for his generous support for education, public health, and social change initiatives, and was the first openly gay ambassador in U.S. history. Dedicated to public service, Hormel was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 51st U.N. Human Rights Commission, twice served on a regional panel for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, and was unanimously confirmed as an alternate delegate for the U.S. at the 51st U.N. General Assembly.