Newman University officials have revived the practice of bestowing honorary degrees. The university will now present a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree to two notable and accomplished members of the extended Newman community at both the fall and spring commencement ceremonies. The degree will be awarded to individuals whose life and work reflect exemplary dedication to one of the university’s four Core Values: Catholic Identity, Culture of Service, Academic Excellence, and Global Perspective.
For the fall 2008 ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 13, the Most Rev. Ronald Gilmore, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City, received an honorary degree as a model of Catholic Identity. Bishop Gilmore was selected for the example of Christlike charity that he sets, the love of the Church and its people that he manifests, and the commitment to Catholic education and servant leadership that his life has been built upon.
Therese Wetta, ASC, Ph.D., General Councilor for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ USA Region, received a degree for her efforts to foster a Global Perspective through her work locally, nationally and internationally. Sister Wetta has served her religious congregation in various assignments around the globe, and worked with agencies such as Catholic Charities USA to support the work of other congregations and their sponsored ministries throughout the United States and abroad.