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District judge and state senator to receive honorary BSU degrees

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U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Indiana Sen. Luke Kenley will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees from Ball State University at its winter commencement Dec. 17.

Ball State President Jo Ann Gora noted that the two have made untold contributions over many years of public service.

“These two lifelong Indiana residents have made a significant difference in the lives of their fellow Hoosiers. They are excellent examples of what our students can aspire to, with hard work and dedication,” she said.

Pratt – the first African-American to hold a federal judgeship in Indiana – comes from a family of Indiana public servants. Before becoming a U.S. judge, Pratt was a Marion Superior master commissioner and Marion County judge.

Kenley, R-Noblesville, was appointed by Gov. Otis Bowen to be Noblesville City Court judge, a position he held for 15 years. Kenley was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1992.

They will receive the degrees at a 10 a.m. ceremony in Worthen Arena.
 

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