|Undersecretary of Defense to deliver address May 21
Approximately 830 graduates are expected to receive degrees from MUSC’s
six colleges during commencement exercises scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday,
May 21 in the university’s Horseshoe.
Maj. Gen. Clifford L. Stanley (USMC, Ret.), Ed.D., undersecretary of
defense for personnel and readiness, will be the keynote speaker. His
office oversees all military personnel policy and readiness for the 1.4
million active duty personnel, 1.3 million National Guard and reserve
members and 680,000 civilians in the Department of Defense. Stanley
also is responsible for the entire military health care system and
oversight of the $46 billion Defense Health Program.
A 33-year Marine Corps veteran, Stanley retired in 2002 to become
executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania, and
subsequently went on to become president and chief executive officer of
Scholarship America, the nation’s largest non-profit private sector
scholarship and educational support foundation. In 2009, President
Barack Obama asked Maj. Gen. Stanley to take on his current office.
He will receive an honorary Doctor of Science, honoris causa degree
following his remarks to the graduates.
MUSC also will confer honorary degrees on:
- Anita G. Zucker, a
business executive, civic leader and philanthropist; Doctor of Humane
- Kay K. Chitty,
Ed.D., a retired nurse, educator and member of the MUSC Foundation
board of trustees; Doctor of Science, honoris causa;
- Beverly D.
Seinsheimer, a former cardiac nurse, retired real estate agent,
philanthropist and chair of MUSC’s Heart and Vascular Center
board of directors; Doctor of Humane Letters;
In the event of
inclement weather, the outdoor ceremony will move to McAlister Field
House on the campus of The Citadel and begin at 11 a.m.
- Walter G.
Seinsheimer Jr., a successful builder, philanthropist and member of the
MUSC Foundation board of trustees; Doctor of Humane Letters.
Friday, May 14, 2010