On Nov. 22, President Barack Obama will bestow the nation’s highest civilian honor on Fordham alumnus Vin Scully and 20 other exemplary Americans.

Scully, legendary Dodgers broadcaster and 1949 Fordham graduate, will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom in a special ceremony at the White House this afternoon. The medal is presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Scully joins an illustrious list of recipients, including philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates; basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; NASA scientist Margaret H. Hamilton; and actor Tom Hanks.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor—it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” President Obama said in a statement.

“From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

Watch the live ceremony starting at 2:55 p.m.


Joanna Klimaski Mercuri is a staff writer in the News & Media Relations Bureau. She can be reached at (212) 636-7175 or [email protected]