May 23, 2016 — The President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate and deliver a keynote address at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s annual convocation on May 29. Hebrew University students will be awarded Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the Convocation, which will mark the opening of the 79th Meeting of The Hebrew University’s International Board of Governors. The event will take place at the Rothberg Amphitheatre on the Mount Scopus campus.
Since graduating from The Hebrew University, President Rivlin has served as a Member of Knesset, Minister and Speaker of the Knesset. At the center of his many public activities stands Rivlin’s birthplace and Israel’s capital, the city of Jerusalem. The city’s leading institutions, among them The Hebrew University, have benefited from his longstanding dedication. Since his election, President Rivlin has led efforts in support of Israeli university leaders to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and its objective to de-legitimize the State of Israel and Israeli academics. President Rivlin maintains a strong and active connection to Hebrew University: the day after his election as President, he invited The Hebrew University’s Board of Governors to meet with him at the Knesset. The following day, he joined with his former classmates to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law.
The President will be among eleven distinguished personalities awarded Honorary Doctorates in recognition of their contributions to society, including: Professor Winslow R. Briggs; Professor Lorraine Daston; Mr. Patrick Drahi; Mr. Miki Gavrielov; Professor Francesco Iachello; Mr. Joseph Lebovic; Professor Michael Sherraden; Mr. Stuart Silbert OAM; The Honorable Mrs. Laura Wolfson Townsley, and Mr. Mortimer B. Zuckerman.
The 2016 Solomon Bublick Prize will be awarded to Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, alumnus and former President of The Hebrew University, Professor Emeritus of theoretical physics, and the Andre Aisenstadt Chair in theoretical physics. As the Academic Director of the Einstein Center and the Albert Einstein Archives, he is the university’s appointee responsible for Einstein’s intellectual property. He has held many academic and administrative positions at the university, and currently heads the executive committee of the Israel Science Foundation and is the chairperson of the “Basha’ar – Academic Community for Israeli Society” association.
The 2016 Samuel Rothberg Prize will be awarded to Dr. Yitzhak Kadman, founder and Executive Director of the National Council for the Child, who is retiring after 30 years. As Executive Director, he has elevated the issue of children at risk to the center of public discourse and debate in Israel. For three decades he has devoted his life to promoting the welfare and rights of children in Israel, to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of children. He has served as an advisor to the Knesset Special Committee on Child Abuse, and is recognized as a foremost expert on the subject of children’s rights. His activity has resulted in the formulation of a social policy that provides responses to the needs of children at risk.