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Yale Honors William F. Buckley

May 22, 2000

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Yale University awarded William F. Buckley an honorary degree Monday, marking a truce in a spat that began with the conservative commentator’s 1951 book ``God and Man at Yale.″

The book criticized liberalism at the Ivy League college and sparked Buckley’s career as founder of the National Review and host of the TV commentary show ``Firing Line.″

``As a writer, debater and television personality, you have advanced your ideas with eloquence, wit, intellect and style. At Yale, your sharp, youthful observations stirred controversy but also challenged us to self-examination,″ Yale President Richard Levin said in granting the degree.

A white academic collar was placed over Buckley’s shoulders. Buckley, who graduated from Yale in 1950, bowed and waved to the crowd of 3,000 Yale graduates as he accepted the honorary degree.

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