The University of the South has announced its Baccalaureate speaker and honorary degree recipients who will be honored during Commencement weekend, May 6-8, 2016. Charlie Rose, anchor and executive editor of “Charlie Rose” and co-anchor of “CBS This Morning,” will receive an honorary degree and will give the Baccalaureate address during the service Saturday, May 7.
While Rose is on the Mountain, he and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, C’91, will discuss “The Art of Conversation” in a special event at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a lively and entertaining conversation between these two knowledgeable observers of politics and culture.
The Rt. Rev. James Russell Kendrick, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, will receive an honorary degree and will preach during the School of Theology Commencement service Friday, May 6.
Honorary degrees will also be presented during the weekend to John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society; Richard Davis, poet, translator, and professor emeritus of Persian at the Ohio State University; Bruce Eldon Neswick, canon for cathedral music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon; Richard Webster, director of music and organist at Trinity Church in Boston; and Nashville historian and author William Ridley Wills II.