Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, chancellor of India’s Amrita University, received a State University of New York Doctor of Humane Letters degree at a conferral ceremony May 25 in Slee Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus.
Affectionately known as Amma, she is recognized around the world for the humanitarian institutions and services she has inspired and supported over a span of three decades. She is the founder and chancellor of Amrita University, a leading private university in India with five campuses in three southern Indian states.
UB President John B. Simpson and SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin awarded the honorary degree during a colorful ceremony that included original music composed for the event, an Indian classical dance performance, a video presentation of Amma’s international work, and music performed on UB’s C.B. Fisk organ, one of the premiere teaching organs on the East Coast.