Academy president will receive an honourary doctor of arts degree from Chapman University on May 18 at the commencement ceremony of Chapman’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts.

Koch, a veteran producer whose credits include Gorky Park, will deliver the keynote address.

“As the goal of a commencement speaker is to inspire students as they think critically about the road ahead, there can be no finer example of what it takes to make it than Hawk Koch, whose leadership and forward-thinking have helped shape how both the Academy and the Producers’ Guild have responded to changes in the business,” said Dean Bob Bassett.