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"Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman ’78 to receive honorary Brandeis degree

Brandeis will also award honorary degrees to Jewish cultural scholar Ruth Calderon, artist Howardena Pindell and philanthropist Alan Hassenfeld.

Photo grid of Ruth Calderon, Marta Kauffman '78, Howardena Pindell, Alan Hassenfeld
Clockwise, from left: Jewish cultural scholar Ruth Calderon, television producer Marta Kauffman '78, artist Howardena Pindell, philanthropist Alan Hassenfeld

Each year at commencement ceremonies, Brandeis and many other universities award honorary degrees to individuals who stand as an inspiration to the graduating class. While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to on-campus commencement exercises for this year, Brandeis will still celebrate the accomplishments of honorary degree recipients, with plans to honor them in person at a later date.

This year's honorary degree recipients include television producer Marta Kauffman ′78, creator of the iconic series “Friends” and more recently “Grace and Frankie.”

Read the full announcement on BrandeisNOW.

Related reading: Marta Kauffman answers the Brandeis Questionnaire

Date: May 11, 2020