Nobel Prize winner Robert W. Fogel will speak at Brigham Young University's 120th annual commencement exercises this month.
Fogel, whose award is in economics, will receive an honorary doctorate from BYU at April 27 ceremonies that will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Also receiving an honorary doctoral degree will be Daniel H. Ludlow, former dean of BYU's religious education program and editor of The Encyclopedia of Mormonism.Business and religious leaders Delbert V. and Jennie H. Groberg of Idaho Falls will receive a presidential citation.
Fogel is accustomed to honors. He and his colleague, Douglass North, received a Nobel Prize in 1993 in economic sciences. The myth-shattering work, "Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery" earned him and his collaborator, Stanley Engerman, the 1995 Bancroft Prize in American History. Other awards include the Arthur H. Cole Prize, the Schumpeter Prize and the distinction of being the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University.
He has received honorary degrees from the University of Rochester, Harvard University, Cambridge University and the Universidad de Palermo. Additionally, he received the Gustavus Myers Award for Human Rights.
Fogel's search for evidence from historical data has brought him into a long and mutually profitable relationship with BYU. Early in his search for evidence on the nature of slavery, Fogel discovered that the Family History Library of the LDS Church contained extensive microfilm of antebellum probate records. He contacted BYU professors Larry Wimmer and Clayne Pope, both former students of Fogel from the University of Chicago, for assistance. This began a collaboration with BYU faculty and students that has continued for 25 years.
Following commencement, grad-uates, their families and others interested will attend a graduation banquet in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available through the Alumni House, (801) 378-4663 or 378-7621.
President Rex E. Lee will greet graduates April 28 from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., between convocation sessions. Three convocations will begin at 8 a.m. The Art and Communications departments of the College of Fine Arts and Communications will meet in the de Jong Concert Hall, the Marriott School of Management will meet in the Marriott Center, and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences will meet in the Wilkinson Ballroom.
Convocations at 10:30 a.m. include the College of Biology and Agriculture in the Wilkinson Ballroom, the College of Engineering and Technology in the Smith Field-house, the Design, Music and Theatre and Film departments in the de Jong Concert Hall, the College of Humanities in the Marriott Center, the College of Nursing in the Joseph Smith Auditorium, and the College of Physical Education in the Provo Tabernacle.
Three 1 p.m. convocations are scheduled, including the College of Education in the de Jong Concert Hall, the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences in the Marriott Center, and the J. Reuben Clark Law School in the Provo Taber-nacle.
ROTC officers will be commissioned April 29 at 10 a.m. in 375 Wilkinson Center.