On May 14, 2017 during the Pomona College 124th Commencement, Rick and Susan Sontag were awarded honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees for their life's work and generous giving to The Claremont Colleges. 

Associate Dean of the College, Fernando Lozano, said during the commencement speech that Rick and Susan have achieved what the famous writer, David Foster Wallace wrote,

"The really important kind of freedom which involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able to truly care about other people."

 

Click on the link below to read Rick Sontag's full speech and to read the bio as posted on the Commencement bulletin.

Speech