Obama handing out final round of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the Premiere of "Finding Dory" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the Premiere of "Finding Dory" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

(WISH) – President Barack Obama will be handing out his final round of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday.

Obama is planning to honor several giants in the entertainment and sports industries. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest award given to civilians.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.  From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way,” President Barack Obama said.

The following people will be receiving the award:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Elouise Cobell
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Robert De Niro
  • Richard Garwin
  • Bill and Melinda Gates
  • Frank Gehry
  • Margaret H. Hamilton
  • Tom Hanks
  • Grace Hopper
  • Michael Jordan
  • Maya Lin
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Newt Minow
  • Eduardo Padrón
  • Robert Redford
  • Diana Ross
  • Vin Scully
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cicely Tyson

Click here to learn more about those receiving the award.