Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s top medical adviser for COVID-19 and the face of America’s pandemic response, will keynote the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s 2022 Commencement this spring.
Fauci has been a doctor and public servant for over 50 years.
He has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, advised eight presidents, and helped lead the response to public health crises including AIDS and Ebola.
The 81-year-old immunologist has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science.
UMB will add to the list by conferring upon him the honorary degree Doctor of Public Service, the university’s president Bruce Jarrell said in a letter to the community.
“Commencement is the best day of UMB’s year,” Jarrell said in the letter, “For graduates, it marks the culmination of a lot of hard work — and the beginning of so much more. I can’t imagine there’s anything greater to celebrate, and I look forward to doing so in person.”