A Convocation for the Conferring of Degrees was held in All Saints’ Chapel on Friday to recognize the thirty students and three distinguished guests who received degrees and certificates from the University of the South’s School of Theology. The Most Rev. David Chillingworth received an honorary doctor of divinity and also delivered the sermon. See the full story here, and photos here.
The second of three weekend ceremonies began Saturday morning as the members of the class of 2014 followed the University faculty into the Baccalaureate Service, also in All Saints’ Chapel.
Four honorary degrees were presented during the service, to Dr. Wayne W. Anderson, Florence A. Davis, Anthony C. Gooch, C’59, and Jonathan Green. More information about the recipients is here.
Florence Davis (left), president of the Board of Directors of the Starr Foundation, gave the Baccalaureate address. She recalled her plans, during her own graduation, to go out into the world and “be important,” but spoke of learning during her career that “living and working only for big impact is highly overrated.” Her talk on a theme of how to define success was peppered with personal anecdotes and punctuated by laughter.
Davis urged the graduating class to see the big picture, but to think small—to understand that the big picture will only change through millions of small actions by millions of individuals—and gave examples from her philanthropic work of smaller accomplishments leading to larger progress. She closed by quoting George Eliot’s Middlemarch: “…for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” Read Davis' address here. (Watch the Baccalaureate Service here. Davis' talk begins at the 1:40 mark.)
On Sunday, May 11, a Convocation for Conferring of Degrees will be held at 10 a.m. in All Saints’ Chapel 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 (tickets needed) and in Guerry Auditorium. A luncheon honoring the Class of 2014 graduates will follow.