Two local philanthropists will be granted honorary doctorate degrees by National University during commencement activities on June 11, the university announced Friday.

The achievements of Malin Burnham and Thomas Denny Sanford, who have dedicated their vision, vast resources and time to nonprofit causes in San Diego and beyond, reflect the university’s own mission to serve the public good.

National University President and Chancellor Dr. Michael R. Cunningham will be joined by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer during commencement for the granting of the doctorate degrees. Mayor Faulconer will also issue a proclamation recognizing Mr. Burnham and Mr. Sanford for their long-standing contributions and involvement in the San Diego community.

“Thomas Denny Sanford and Malin Burnham have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to serving the public good, and these honorary degrees recognize their achievements and contributions as philanthropists and entrepreneurial leaders,” Cunningham said. “Their passionate involvement in nonprofit organizations and causes ranging from health to education demonstrate the infinite possibilities for each of us and our graduates to effect positive change in our communities.”

Both Sanford and Burnham have made significant contributions to San Diego organizations and causes, including collaborating on shared causes such as the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego. Earlier this year, Sanford provided an inaugural gift for the creation of the Sanford Education Center at National University. The mission of the Center is to effect positive change through the development of nonprofit leaders and teachers by offering inspirational and impactful programs that meet 21st century global needs.

Approximately 1,900 graduates of National University are expected to attend the Commencement ceremonies at the San Diego Convention Center, representing more than 2,800 qualified graduates who completed their programs online or at National University campuses throughout the Southern California region and Nevada.

National University press release

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