Rhodes to Award Honorary Degrees to Mike Curb and Wendy Kopp

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Publication Date: 4/18/2007

Michael Curb, founder and chair of Curb Records, and Wendy Kopp, president and founder of Teach For America, will receive honorary degrees at the 158th Commencement of Rhodes College on May 12. Both will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Fisher Garden on the Rhodes campus. In the event of rain, commencement will take place at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church located at 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. President William E. Troutt will preside over the ceremony.

Michael Curb is one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment world today and has enjoyed a multifaceted career spanning more than 40 years, earning success as a songwriter, producer and record company owner. In addition to his music, Mike Curb has had a distinguished career as a public servant and chairs The Mike Curb Family Foundation, which this year established the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes. This program will foster awareness and understanding of Southern musical traditions and their impact on the region’s culture, history and economy.

In her book, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way, Kopp describes how she created and built Teach For America, the national corps of college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational excellence and equity. Kopp holds a bachelor′s degree from Princeton University and proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis in 1989. Teach For America established its Memphis region last summer and chose Rhodes College as its training site.