FORDHAM UNIVERSITY HONORARY DEGREE FOR GMA

GMA AT FORDHAM UNew York City, May 22, 2003 - - Fordham University conferred an honorary 
doctorate degree of laws to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Wednesday, 
making her and the late President Diosdado Macapagal the first ever father 
and daughter presidents to receive such an award.

Rev. Joseph O'Hare S.J., Fordham University president conferred the degree 
on Pres. Arroyo in ceremonies at the James McNally Amphitheater at the law 
school building along West 62nd Street here.

In the citation read by Fordham University Trustee and Rector of the 
Fordham Jesuit Community Rev. Vincent J. Duminico S.J., Fordham University 
"cherishes" the memory of an earlier visit of President Gloria 
Macapagal-Arroyo to their campus.

"Today, we welcome his daughter, the fourteenth president of the Republic 
of the Philippines, to receive a similar honor," Dominico said.

The citation says that "in recognition of the many bonds that unite the 
people of the Philippines and the people of the United States and with 
admiration and respect for her intelligent and courageous leadership, 
Fordham University is proud to present President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 
with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa."

In receiving the degree, the President said, "Today, I stand here honored 
with the doctorate of laws by those who taught me a great deal of what I 
know and made me to a great extent what I have become."

She added, "In a very real sense, those who are honoring me with this 
degree today, led me as though by hand, to that White House Lawn. You honor 
me, Honorable fathers of the Jesuit community, you honor my country and you 
honor yourselves."

Rev. Joseph O'Hare S.J., in brief remarks, noted that he has done some 
careful research and found that the President and his father are the only 
father and daughter presidents to receive honorary doctorate degrees from 
Fordham U.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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