Honorary Doctorates were conferred on the President of Israel, Mr. Itzhak Ben-Zvi, the Hebrew writer,?
Honorary Doctorates were conferred on the President of Israel, Mr. Itzhak Ben-Zvi, the Hebrew writer, Mr. Shmuel Yosef Agnon, and the discoverer of streptomycin---- a drug for treating tuberculosis---- Prof. Selman A. Waksman, during the opening ceremony of the New Hebrew University Campus, Jerusalem.
Among the distinguished guests was the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Ben Gurion, who made a short speech to the gathering.
Assembled in the new George and Florence Wise Auditorium was the "Beit-Hillel" Choir, conducted by Meir Harnick, singing music composed by Ben-Chaim, Sheriff and So???.
Guest speakers included Prof. Joseph Kaplan of the University of California, who brought with him the greetings and good wishes of the Southern California Chapter of the American Friends of the Hebrew University-- of which he is president. The President of the Hebrew University, Prof. B. Mazar, spoke, with obvious emotion and pride when he traced a brief history of the University, how it had succeeded, in spite of adverse conditions, in rooting itself and spreading learning throughout the country.