LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming will confer honorary doctoral degrees upon two individuals who are recognized internationally as leaders in their professions.

They are Sheridan native Nancy Gwinn, director of the Smithsonian Libraries; and Casper native Dr. Stephen Nicholas, a world-renowned pediatric AIDS specialist.

Both are UW alumni, and they will receive the college's highest award during UW Commencement on May 11.

UW bestows honorary degrees on individuals who embody the university's high ideals; exemplify the values of excellence, service and integrity; and have distinguished accomplishments in their professions or contributions to the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and service to humanity.