by Web on May 8, 2017
Millsaps College conferred 149 undergraduate degrees and 43 graduate degrees on Saturday, May 6 during its 123rd commencement.
During the ceremony, honorary degrees were awarded to Ray Mabus, who has served as secretary of the United States Navy, governor of Mississippi, ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and chairman and CEO of Foamex manufacturing company; Joanne Edgar, a 1965 graduate of Millsaps and a founding editor of Ms. magazine; and Roberta Kaplan, a nationally known litigator who successfully challenged Mississippi’s bans on marriages between same-sex couples and adoption by same-sex couples, as well as HB 1523, the state’s so-called Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.
Brittany Hardy of San Antonio, Texas was recognized as the recipient of the Millsaps College Founders' Medal. The medal is awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average and a score of “excellent” on comprehensive examinations.
Rachel Long of McComb was named the recipient of the Frank and Rachel Anne Laney Award for her award-winning essay that reflected upon the value of a Millsaps liberal arts education.
Nicolas Rolf Christian Roth of Alzenau, Bavaria, Germany was recognized as the Outstanding Master of Accountancy Graduate. Emerald Jaye Norton of Houston, Texas was recognized as Outstanding Master of Business Administration graduates.
Leah Jeannette Travis of Hattiesburg earned the Don Fortenberry Award, which recognizes the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most notable, meritorious, diligent, and devoted service to Millsaps with no expectation of recognition, reward, or public remembrance.
Dr. Eric J. Griffin, a professor of English who holds the Janice B. Trimble Endowed Chair in English, received the Distinguished Professor Award. He received a bachelor’s in English from Pomona College and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Iowa.