Alonzo King, Rita Moreno, and Kaija Saariaho Receive Honorary Doctorates at Juilliard’s 2019 Commencement

Mike Lawson • News • May 9, 2019

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The Juilliard School has announced that choreographer Alonzo King, actress Rita Moreno, and composer Kaija Saariaho will receive honorary doctorates during the school’s 114th commencement ceremony, which takes place Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11a.m. in Alice Tully Hall.

The ceremony will be live streamed at

Damian Woetzel will give his first commencement address since becoming Juilliard’s seventh president in July 2018. Juilliard alumna and soprano Camille Zamora will deliver the commencement address. Zamora is the co-founder and co-executive director of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through creativity. 

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