Haverford College to give Mutombo honorary degree

BY foxsports • April 8, 2011

Retired basketball great Dikembe Mutombo (dih-KEM'-beh moo-TUM'-boh) will be receiving an honorary degree from a suburban Philadelphia college.

Haverford College officials announced Friday that Mutombo will also make brief remarks to about 300 graduates at the May 15 commencement.

After an 18-year NBA career, Mutombo has focused on improving living conditions in his native Congo. He helped to fund a new hospital in the capital of Kinshasa, where he grew up.

Mutombo holds a bachelor's degree in linguistics and diplomacy from Georgetown University. He speaks nine languages and has received numerous humanitarian awards.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo played for NBA several teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers. Haverford is an elite liberal arts college just a few miles west of the city.



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