UW Regents vote on honorary degrees for Gates family

SEATTLE (AP) -- The University of Washington Board of Regents is being asked to approve honorary doctorate degrees for three members of the Gates family at a board meeting this week.

The UW administration will recommend the awarding of honorary doctor of humane letters degrees to William H. Gates Sr., William H. Gates III and Melinda French Gates.

University officials plan to present the degrees to Bill Gates Sr. and Bill Gates at the UW's Freshman Convocation next Sunday. Melinda Gates' schedule prevents her from participating in the convocation.

The degrees would honor their contributions to business and philanthropy. The three are co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest charitable foundation, created in 2000 by the Microsoft chairman and his wife.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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