doctorate goes to first Northern Irish President of Ireland
Mary McAleese, eighth
president of Ireland, received an honorary doctorate of humane
letters from RIT for work promoting peace and for her commitment
to civil rights and the rights of the disabled at a campus ceremony
on Friday, May 7.
McAleese made history
as the first person from Northern Ireland to be elected head
of state. Her victory in 1997 was by the largest majority ever
in Ireland's presidential elections.
has extensive background in higher education and the law and
a longstanding interest in deaf education. Familiar with sign
language, she introduced a sign-language module into solicitors'
training in Northern Ireland, the first such course in European