LEWISTON — Oscar-winning actor Robert DeNiro is among three high-profile speakers scheduled to address graduates and receive honorary degrees at the Bates College commencement.

PBS “Newshour” senior correspondent Gwen Ifill and Princeton University molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler are also expected to address nearly 500 graduates of the Lewiston college on May 27.

Bates interim President Nancy Cable says she is “delighted to have these three leaders from a range of fields coming to Bates.”

DeNiro won a best actor Academy Award for “Raging Bull” and best supporting actor Oscar for “The Godfather, Part II.” He earned four more Oscar nominations.

Ifill has covered six U.S. presidential campaigns, and moderated vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.

Bassler pioneered “quorum sensing” research: how bacteria communicate with each other to orchestrate group tasks.


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