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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - One of the most recognizable characters of the pandemic will be a keynote speaker during a Mayo Clinic ceremony Saturday.

And Dr. Anthony Fauci will also be presented with an honorary degree.

But he won’t be in Rochester in person.

Mayo has announced Fauci and Dr. Franklyn Prendergast will deliver keynote addresses to more than 120 graduates at its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences' virtual commencement.

Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His speech will be prerecorded in Washington, D.C.

Mayo says Fauci will receive an honorary doctorate presented by Dr. Stella Hartono, a 2017 graduate who now works with him.

Dr. Prendergast is an emeritus professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Prendergast held major leadership roles at Mayo from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He also will receive an honorary doctorate.

The livestream of commencement will begin at 1 p.m. CDT and can be viewed at Dr. Fauci's speech is planned for approximately 1:08 p.m. and Dr. Prendergast's will occur about 1:30 p.m.

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