The American Film Institute (AFI) conferred honorary degrees (Doctorate of Fine Arts, honoris causa) upon Jeffrey Katzenberg and Kathleen Kennedy for "contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image" during AFI Conservatory commencement ceremonies for its 2010 graduating class on
Breaking with the AFI tradition of having separate presenters, to commemorate their years of collaboration and friendship, Katzenberg and Kennedy presented each other with the AFI Honorary Degree. They have worked together on numerous projects over the years, including the 1980s film classics RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT.
Previous recipients of the AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Bochco, Roger Corman, Robert Daly, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, Lee Grant, Ray Harryhausen, Chuck Jones, John Lasseter, Karl Malden, Gena Rowlands, Thelma Schoonmaker, Jack Valenti, Haskell Wexler, Alfre Woodard and more.
To learn more about the recipients, please click here for the full press release.