The university presented Katz with an honorary degree, Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, recognizing him as an outstanding alumnus of the university. Ambassador Katz served as the keynote speaker for both commencement ceremonies. Katz graduated from UMKC in 1969, with a degree in History. Since then, he has established himself as an informed and caring world citizen.
In 2009, Katz was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve the United States as Ambassador to Portugal. Katz’s appointment was confirmed by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, in April 2010.
Over the years, Katz has maintained close ties to the university. In a March 2012 visit, Katz credited UMKC for giving him a solid educational foundation.
When he was a student at UMKC, Katz served as student body president and co-founded the Robert F. Kennedy Symposium. Then as now, the free symposiums explored the causes and possible relief of social ills such as poverty, homelessness, environmental degradation and inequality.
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