The University of the South has announced the Baccalaureate speaker and honorary degree recipients who will be honored during Commencement weekend, May 12-14, 2017. Cancer researcher Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., will receive an honorary degree and will give the Baccalaureate address during the service Saturday, May 13.
The Rt. Rev. David C. Rice, provisional bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, will receive an honorary degree and will preach during the School of Theology Commencement service Friday, May 12.
Honorary degrees will also be presented during the University Baccalaureate to astrophysicist Arnold Benz; Brad Gioia, C’76, headmaster at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville; and Emilie M. Townes, dean and Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. During the School of Theology Commencement, additional honorary degrees will be awarded to the Rt. Rev. Harold William Godfrey, former bishop of Peru; and the Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.
Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., is chair of the Department of Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and American Cancer Society Professor. He has been conducting research on childhood leukemia for more than three decades, and his findings and outreach have helped improve cure rates and quality of life for leukemia patients in the U.S. and around the world, especially in developing countries. Pui has been a dedicated mentor to scores of young clinical investigators. He has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award and the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology Pediatric Oncology Award.