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Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane SW Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4399 404/681-3643

Office of the President

April 15, 1987

Mr. Jacob Lawrence
4316 37th Avenue, N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105

Dear Mr. Lawrence:

Excitement is building on campus as we begin to finalize plans for the 1987 Commencement exercises.  We continue to feel very honored that you will be present to accept an honorary degree.

I am writing now to request information that we need in connection with your presence here.  First, may I request a complete copy of your resume and a photograph if one is available.  Also, I need full information on your arrival and departure plans.  Tentative hotel reservations have been made for you and your wife at the Atlanta Ritz Carlton for May 16th and 17th.  I need to know if we should plan to provide academic regalia for you.  If so, please provide information on the appropriate size for your robe and cap.  Robe size is usually determined by height.  

We are now in the process of finalizing the guest list for the pre-Commencement dinner on May 16th.  Our Commencement speaker, Lena Horne, has confirmed that she will be in attendance.  We also anticipate that Leontyne Price will be at the dinner.  Please let me know if there are friends or relatives in Atlanta that you would especially like to have included on the guest list.  

Marian Wright Edelman, chairwoman of the Spelman College Board of Trustees, informed me of her recent pleasure at meeting you.  She also indicated that you would perhaps be amenable to meeting with students and faculty in Art during the time that you are here.  Professor Lev Mills, Chairperson of the Art Department, will be contacting you in the very near future to explore possible arrangements.  

More Than a Century of Service to the Women Who Achieve

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