Mrs Machel accepts honorary doctorate for herself and late Nelson Mandela at Baltimore Morgan State University.
Dressed in violet, the almost 8,000 members of the class of 2015 took over Yankee Stadium for the 183rd All-University Commencement ceremony.
This year’s ceremony also marks the last graduation to be officiated by NYU President John Sexton and Trustee Chair Martin Lipton.
During the ceremony, the university awarded honorary doctorates to pianist Lang Lang, mathematician Peter Lax, humanitarian Graça Simbine Machel and biochemist Jan Tomas Vilcek.
Nearly a year and a half after the passing of global peace icon, Nelson Mandela, his widow, Her Excellency Graça Machel, has managed to stay out of the public eye. In fact, she hardly ever grants one-on-one media interviews, but that does not mean that the former Mozambican politician and humanitarian has retired from doing what she loves most: advocating for women's and children's rights.
JOHANNESBURG, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of leaders and public health experts from across Africa are gathering today to identify game-changing interventions to accelerate progress towards improving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents. This consultation will provide a roadmap – an updated Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health – to end preventable deaths of women, newborns, children and adolescents by 2030, which will be launched alongside the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September.
The Graça Machel Trust works across the continent on three issues: women’s rights, children’s rights, and governance and leadership. We catalyse action, support local initiatives, lend solidarity and offer support where it is needed.