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          Katie Couric to deliver CWRU's commencement keynote address

          Meredith Collier

          Issue date: 2/19/10 Section: News
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          Katie Couric, anchor of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, will be Case Western Reserve University's 2010 commencement speaker. The longtime journalist and Peabody award winner will take to the stage in the Veale Convocation Center in front of 1750 graduates of the class of 2010 on May 16. Couric, who lost her husband in 1998 to colon cancer, was lauded by university president Barbara Snyder for her work on colonoscopy and colon cancer awareness. "Katie Couric's efforts to raise awareness of the importance of colon cancer screenings has saved literally thousands of lives," said Snyder, via press release. "More, she has worked tirelessly to support researchers seeking a cure for the disease, including our own Professor Sanford Markowitz. We are delighted that she will be part of our Commencement ceremonies this year."

          Couric founded the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance in 2000, and completed her own colonoscopy on air during the Today Show that same year. Her on-air exam led to an increase in colonoscopies performed that year. She also established the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health (named for her late husband), and has donated money across the nation to fund medical research on colorectal cancer. For all of her efforts to raising awareness of the importance of colonoscopies and related preventative care, as well as for her donations to improving medical research of colorectal cancer, Couric will be awarded with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Case Western.
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