Bradbury won't make Columbia graduation

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • April 24, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

Science fiction author Ray Bradbury won’t be at Columbia College’s graduation ceremonies this year due to health concerns.

The 88-year-old author, who lives in California, isn’t well enough to travel, Columbia spokeswoman Micki Leventhal says. But he will videotape a speech to be shown at one of the college’s three graduation ceremonies next month.

Bradbury was scheduled to receive an honorary degree at the graduation.

His work is also featured in Manifest, Columbia's daylong arts festival, on Friday, May 15. The festival will feature 18 student bands performing on outdoor stages, student art in indoor and outdoor galleries, and a parade throughout the South Loop.

The school has six other speakers lined up for the ceremonies, Leventhal says.

Artist Alison Knowles, audio producer Thomas Misner and Japanese educator Kunihiko Ukifune will speak at the first ceremony, on Saturday afternoon. The ceremony on Sunday morning will feature Carla Delfos, the director of an international arts education organization. And at the Sunday afternoon graduation ceremony, Lee Eliot Berk, the former president of the Berklee College of Music, and choreographer Trisha Brown will speak.


Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.