Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii will address graduates and the RIT community at the 2005 Academic Convocation ceremony May 20. The senator also will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremony.
RIT's 2005 Convocation speaker is Sen. Daniel Inouye, shown here with President Simone on a 1996 visit to campus.
Inouye, elected to the Senate in 1962, was first elected to Congress when Hawaii became a state in 1959. The son of Japanese immigrants, he was born and raised in Honolulu. A World War II combat veteran who earned the Medal of Honor, he is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
As a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Inouye has been able to address important issues, such as aviation and maritime transportation, which are crucial for Hawaii.
After losing his right arm in combat, he was honorably discharged and returned home with a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for military valor, along with a Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster, and 12 other medals and citations. His Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, which was presented to him by President Clinton in 2000.
Academic Convocation, beginning at 4 p.m. May 20 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center, is part of RIT’s 120th annual Commencement, taking place May 20-21.