On July 14, 2009, as part of the Ateneo de Manila’s sesquicentennial celebration, two honorary degrees and eight university awards were conferred on distinguished individuals at the Special Academic Convocation.
The ceremony was held at 3:30 p.m. at the Rev. Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights campus.
One of the awardees for this year is Denis Murphy.
The award is in recognition of his commitment to the cause of the urban poor and advocacy for social transformation in his various capacities as a community organizer at the Institute of Social Order in the '60s, Philippine Ecumenical Committee for Community Organization in the '70s, Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences between the '70s and '80s, and the Urban Poor Associates since 1991.
The Award gives recognition to outstanding public service of an individual (Benigno S. Aquino Jr. in 1984) or a group of individuals (Radio Veritas in 1983).
Read related article on the 2009 Special Academic Convocation here.