Baccalaureate and Commencement events May 10-12


The University of the South's 2012-13 academic year comes to a close May 10, 11 and 12 with three ceremonies marking graduation weekend on the Mountain. Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies will be held for students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Letters, and The School of Theology. Three honorary degrees will be presented during The School of Theology Commencement, and four during the Baccalaureate ceremony. Both Commencement ceremonies and the Baccalaureate service will be live-streamed.

Honorary degrees will be presented to the Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, the Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn, and the Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright at the May 10 School of Theology commencement. David Brooks, Dr. David H. Charlton, Jonathan T. Howe, and Dr. Lacy H. Hunt II, C’64, will receive honorary degrees during the May 11 Baccalaureate ceremony. Brooks will give the Baccalaureate address. More information about the honorary degree recipients is below.

A Convocation for the Conferring of Degrees will be held in All Saints’ Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, to recognize the 42 students who have completed their studies at The School of Theology. The preacher for this year’s commencement service is Bishop Wright. A luncheon in McClurg Hall honoring the Class of 2013 seminary graduates, their guests, families, faculty, and staff will follow the service. The convocation will be streamed live for those unable to attend. Visit The School of Theology website for the live stream.

Also on Friday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, C’91, will join David Brooks for a lively conversation about “The Art of Power and Politics.” All are welcome to attend the 4 p.m. event.

Saturday, May 11, the University Baccalaureate Service will begin at 10 a.m. in All Saints’ Chapel. The service will be shown on closed-circuit TV in Guerry Auditorium. Journalist and author David Brooks will give the Baccalaureate address. On Sunday, May 12, a Convocation for Conferring of Degrees will be held at 10 a.m. in All Saints’ Chapel (tickets required) for the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Letters. The Convocation will be shown on closed-circuit TV in McClurg Dining Hall and in Guerry Auditorium. A luncheon honoring the Class of 2013 graduates will follow. Watch the live streams here.

More information and the full weekend schedule can be found here. In addition to the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies, events often include carillon tours, parties, departmental receptions, arts exhibitions, and more. The schedule will be updated as event plans are finalized.

Honorary degree recipients during Baccalaureate

David B. Brooks has been writing op-ed columns for The New York Times since 2003, columns much acclaimed for their civilized commentary and analysis. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "PBS Newshour." Brooks was previously a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and worked at The Wall Street Journal prior to that, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and European affairs. Brooks is a frequent analyst on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered." He is the author of three books, the most recent being The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. Brooks graduated from the University of Chicago and began his career in journalism as a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago.




Dr. David Holland Charlton is a long-time leader in the Episcopal Church and in secondary education. Since 1988, Charlton has been the chief executive of Church Schools of the Diocese of Virginia, which owns and operates six Episcopal college preparatory schools in five Virginia cities. Church Schools serve almost 4,000 students and employ 900 persons, giving Charlton extensive responsibility for faculty, staff and students. Charlton was headmaster of Christchurch School in Middlesex County, Va., from 1995 to 2000, and the school honored him by naming Fine and Performing Arts Center after Charlton and his wife. He is a trustee of Virginia Theological Seminary, a former board president of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and a past director of the Virginia Council for Private Education. Charlton previously served in administrative posts at Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary, the College of William and Mary, and Franklin & Marshall College. (Photo: Charlton and his father, the Right Rev. Gordon T. Charlton, Jr., who received an honorary degree from Sewanee in 1988)


Dr. Jonathan T. Howe is retiring after 19 years as president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Following graduation with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Howe’s career included simultaneous service as commander in chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe and commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe. He also served as chief of staff, Seventh Fleet in Japan, and deputy chairman of the NATO Military Command in Belgium. He was a national security adviser to presidents from Richard Nixon through George H.W. Bush. Howe holds master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have long supported projects at Sewanee, including grants to launch the School of Letters and help build Humphreys Hall. A new grant from the foundations will help launch Sewanee’s new place-based program for first-year students, Finding Your Place, this fall.



Dr. Lacy H. Hunt II, C’64, is an internationally known economist, executive vice president of Hoisington Investment Management Company and vice chairman of HIMCO’s strategic investment policy committee. He is the author of two books, and numerous articles in periodicals including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Previously, he was chief U.S. economist for the HSBC Group, and executive vice president and chief economist at Fidelity Bank. Hunt has served as senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in economics from the Fox School of Business and Management of Temple University. He received the Abramson Award for outstanding contributions from the National Association for Business Economics. He has been a visiting professor at Temple University and at the University of the South, and continues to return to Sewanee to lecture and speak with students. See the video from his Oct. 25, 2012, lecture at Sewanee on "The Limits of Fiscal and Monetary Policies" here.

Honorary degree recipients during School of Theology Commencement

The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida; the Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington; and the Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright, bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta will receive honorary degrees during the May 10 School of Theology commencement. Please see The School of Theology website for more information.

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