Ashoka Founder & President Bill Drayton Awarded Highest Honor by Yale University

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Yale Awards Highest Honor To Bill Drayton, Recognizes Ashoka

Monday, May 25, 2009 – Yale University awarded Ashoka Founder and CEO Bill Drayton an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters today at its 308th Commencement. These few honorary doctorates are Yale’s highest honor and are at the center of the annual graduation ceremony. Past recipients include Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Sandra Day O’Connor.

The degree was conferred upon Bill Drayton in recognition of Ashoka’s continued work to create and build the field of social entrepreneurship and its central contribution to a world where everyone, not just an elite few, can be powerful changemakers. In his citation, Yale University President Richard C. Levin noted, “You have defined and perfected the role of social entrepreneur, helping people around the world help themselves. As the founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, you have sought creative solutions to the most pressing social problem.” Earlier this year Oxford University similarly recognized Ashoka in making Bill a life Balliol Honorary Fellow.

Read more about the award here.

For more information contact:
Tyler Spalding
Ashoka Global Marketing


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