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Harvard awarding honorary degrees to Mayor Menino, Winfrey

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Harvard University is awarding honorary degrees to Boston Mayor Thomas. M. Menino and Oprah Winfrey.

"As Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas M. Menino has shepherded the cradle of the American Revolution into the 21st century. In wedding major development projects to a focus on neighborhood renewal, Menino earned overwhelming popular support for his 20-year stewardship of what he often calls 'the greatest city on Earth,' " the university said in a statement.

Oprah is the featured speaker during afternoon exercises at Harvard's commencement.

Harvard's 362nd commencement began Thursday morning with the annual conferring of degrees and honorary degrees. Winfrey and Harvard President Drew Faust will both address attendees during afternoon exercises, which serve as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Faust calls Winfrey's rise to global prominence one of the great American success stories.

Winfrey's private foundation has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that promote education and support women, and children and families worldwide.

Forbes listed Winfrey as the 11th most powerful woman in the world last year. She has a net worth of $2.7 billion.

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