Baccalaureate and Commencement events May 9-11

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The University of the South's 2013-14 academic year comes to a close May 9, 10 and 11 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. Dr. Mark Allen Bourlakas, the Most Rev. David Chillingworth, and Dr. David J. Hurd Jr. at the May 9 School of Theology commencement. Dr. Wayne W. Anderson, Florence A. Davis, Anthony C. Gooch, C’59, and Jonathan Green will receive honorary degrees during the May 10 Baccalaureate ceremony. Davis will give the Baccalaureate address. 

A Convocation for the Conferring of Degrees will be held in All Saints’ Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, to recognize the students who have completed their studies at The School of Theology. The preacher for this year’s commencement service is Bishop Chillingworth. A luncheon honoring the Class of 2014 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.

Saturday, May 10, 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. Attorney and philanthropist Florence Davis will give the Baccalaureate address. On Sunday, May 11, 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 2014 graduates will follow. Watch the live streams of Baccalaureate and Commencement here.

Honorary degree recipients during Baccalaureate

Dr. Wayne W. Anderson is the founding president of the Associated Colleges of the South, serving in that role since the consortium began in 1991. Sixteen national liberal arts colleges and universities—including Sewanee—across 12 southern states make up the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). Anderson’s leadership is often cited as a key component of the consortium’s success in serving its 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty members. He has facilitated collaborations among ACS presidents and deans that have strengthened academic programs and broadened opportunities for students, including those at Sewanee. Prior to joining ACS, Anderson was president of Maryville College, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.




Florence A. Davis is president of the Board of Directors of the Starr Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and among the top sponsors of financial aid at Sewanee, having contributed more than $1.8 million. A graduate of Wellesley College and New York University School of Law, Davis began her legal career in private practice and then served in a number of positions at Morgan Stanley. She was vice president and general counsel of AIG. She is a trustee of New York University and the NYU School of Law; a director of the International Rescue Committee, the Institute for Judicial Administration, and the Eisenhower Fellowships; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 




Anthony C. “Tony” Gooch, C’59, is a retired attorney who practiced for more than 40 years at international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He established and supports the Klein Family Scholarships, which were conceived of by his late wife, Linda B. Klein, and provide full financial support for talented Hungarian students to study at Sewanee. Recognizing this work, the Institute for International Education awarded Gooch the 2012 Europe Award for Excellence. He has served Sewanee as a Regent, a member of the University Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Associated Alumni. He was the 2013 recipient of the Crawford Alumni Service Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller University Council.




Jonathan Green is an internationally acclaimed artist. Critics and reviewers consider him one of the most important painters of the Southern experience, whose work reflects an intrinsic sense of history and place. Green’s best-known approach to painting may be termed “narrative realism.” His work reflects the everyday life of African-Americans in the Lowcountry, capturing and recording his life experiences and the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah community. Green is a frequent speaker on the role of the artist in preserving culture and our places in history. His paintings can be found in major museum and cultural collections across the U.S. and around the world, and he has received numerous awards for both his work and his civic contributions.



Honorary degree recipients during The School of Theology Commencement

Please see complete information about the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mark Allen Bourlakas, the Most Rev. David Chillingworth, and Dr. David J. Hurd Jr. on the School of Theology website.

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.

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