Vol. 19, No. 33

June 8, 2000

Commencement 2000

For contributions to society

Two leaders — a lawyer and a journalist — were honored May 27 with University of Delaware Medals of Distinction at college convocation ceremonies after Commencement.

Victor F. Battaglia Sr., AS '55, senior partner of the law firm Biggs and Battaglia, received his medal from former UD Board of Trustees Chairman Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr., during the College of Business and Economics Convocation.

Chuck Stone, a former member of UD's English department and currently Walter Spearman Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was honored by Trustee Lozelle de Luz at the Department of English Convocation.

A member of numerous state, regional and national professional and service organizations, as well as a strong supporter of UD, Battaglia was described as an indvidual who has worked "tirelessly on behalf of others, and to leave his community more fully empowered and enriched by his contributions."

Stone, an author, syndicated columnist, educator and Pulitzer Prize nominee, was described as "an advocate for human rights, thoughtful mentor and encouraging friend."

The Medal of Distinction is presented to those individuals who have made humanitarian, cultural, intellectual or scientific contributions to society; who have achieved noteworthy success in their chosen professions; and who have given significant service to the University, community, state or region.