SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of San Francisco (USF) will confer an honorary doctorate on the youth of Egypt who used technology to mobilize a non-violent revolution and bring down the corrupt and oppressive regime of Hosni Mubarak. Mahmoud Salem, author of Egypt's influential pro-democracy blog, "Rantings of a Sandmonkey," will accept the degree on their behalf. University President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., will bestow the degree during USF's School of Nursing graduation ceremony on Thurs., May 19 at 6 p.m. Mr. Salem will also address the graduates.
"USF educates students to initiate positive change in the world and proudly honors the young men and women of Egypt who have done so," Privett said. "We hope that this award will be an inspiration and example for the entire university community. USF recognizes this use of technology to advance fundamental human rights in hopes that others may similarly employ technology to fashion a more humane and just world for all."
After suffering for nearly three decades under Mubarak's regime, Egyptian protestors took a stand for democracy on January 25, 2011, and for eighteen days they faced police, bullets and tear gas. More than 800 demonstrators were killed in the streets. Sheer determination coupled with the effective use of new technology and social media, the pro-democracy demonstrators prevailed. Egypt and its citizens stand witness to the power of nonviolent resistance.
Mahmoud Salem, blogger, activist and writer who is credited with helping put a human face on the protests, is flying from Cairo to the U.S. to accept the degree of Doctor of Humane letters. His award-winning blog, "Rantings of a Sandmonkey," is the most prominent English-language blog in Egypt, and has received more than 5.5 million unique views. Salem has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter and posted dozens of videos online that exposed police brutality and the beatings and torture of ordinary Egyptian citizens. Fearing for his safety, Salem kept his identity anonymous for many years, but revealed himself in February after being beaten by police at the height of the revolution.
The graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on the USF campus-located at 650 Parker Ave. (at Fulton Street), San Francisco, 94118.
The University of San Francisco was established in 1855, making it San Francisco's oldest university. It is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. USF is committed to being a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. With nearly 9,600 students, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.
To request interviews with Mr. Salem or USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., please contact Anne-Marie Devine, director of Media Relations at USF, at 415.422.2697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE University of San Francisco