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David Lynch to address Maharishi University of Management commencement ceremony on live streaming video

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18 June 2016

The commencement ceremony at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, will be held Saturday, 18 June. The event can be watched online as live streaming video.

The ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm (US Central Time), and will last about two hours.

To watch the live broadcast, click here

As part of the commencement ceremony, the university will present Mr. Lynch with a Doctor of World Peace honoris causa degree, ''In recognition of the enormous role he has played in promoting Maharishi's knowledge throughout the world, transforming people's lives through the work of the David Lynch Foundation, and laying the foundation for a truly peaceful world,'' said Dr. Bevan Morris, president of Maharishi University of Management.

Mr. Lynch has also been an important member of the MUM family, as a member of the Board of Trustees and in lending his name to the David Lynch MFA in Film program (DLMFA).

As a result of the Foundation's activities, hundreds of thousands of people have learned and benefited from the Transcendental Meditation technique. Mr. Lynch has been practicing TM since 1973, and has spent time on campus on several occasions. In 2006, he offered the first of three annual ''David Lynch Weekends,'' which brought hundreds of visitors to campus to learn about consciousness, creativity, and the brain.

''Not only is David transforming lives through his Foundation, he has made countless people aware of the Transcendental Meditation technique throughout the U.S. and around the world,'' said Craig Pearson, executive vice-president of MUM. ''Many well-known thought leaders in the U.S. have adopted the practice and have publicly endorsed it at events sponsored by his Foundation. He presents Maharishi's knowledge in such a clear, compelling, and heartfelt way.''

Mr. Lynch has been internationally known for his highly original films and Twin Peaks television series. His David Lynch Foundation, started in 2005, raises funds to support bringing the Transcendental Meditation technique to those most in need: underserved inner-city students, veterans with PTSD and their families, and women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse.

Lynch has been nominated for an Academy Award four times; three times as Best Director and once for Best Screenplay. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007. He has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film two times, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. Mr. Lynch has been described as ''the most important director of this era'' by the British international newspaper, The Guardian as well as ''the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking'' by Allmovie.

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About Maharishi University of Management

Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is a private, accredited university featuring Consciousness-Based Education, designed to develop the student's total potential. The curriculum offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business, but also integrates self-development programs. All students, faculty, and staff practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which develops integrated brain functioning, promotes wellness, and enhances learning ability and academic performance. Other innovations include taking one course for 3-1/2 weeks with a three-day break between each course, and organic vegetarian meals. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 [toll-free in US; outside US call: 1 641-472-1110] or visit

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