Internationally renowned physician, anthropologist and global health advocate Paul Farmer delivered the keynote address. Three other individuals also were recognized during commencement with honorary degrees: environmental sustainability advocate Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Inc., who received a doctor of science; Beverly Benson Long, past president of the World Federation for Mental Health, who received a doctor of science; and the late Benny Andrews, a renowned African-American artist, teacher and activist, who was posthumously awarded a doctor of humane letters degree.
Emory President James Wagner led the 90-minute ceremony, which began with an academic procession under the direction of Chief Marshal Ray DuVarney, professor of physics, across the universityï¿½s historic quadrangle by the kilt-clad Atlanta Pipe Band.
Director of forensics Melissa Maxcy Wade, an educational studies faculty member and founder of the Urban Debate League (UDL), received the Thomas Jefferson Award, which is presented to a faculty member or administrative officer in recognition of significant service to the university through personal activities, influence and leadership. Peter J. Brown, professor of anthropology and director of Emory's Center for Health, Culture and Society (CHCS), received the University Scholar/Teacher Award. The recipient is chosen by Emory faculty on behalf of the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
The Marion Luther Brittain Award, the most prestigious student award for service to the university, was awarded to Emory School of Medicine MD candidate Arun Mohan, who also received an MBA from Emory's Goizueta Business School last year. The McMullan Award, which includes $20,000, was awarded during the diploma ceremony for Emory College (the undergraduate arts and sciences school) to senior Robbie Brown, a journalism and history major from Atlanta. Brown donated his award to fellow senior Elizabeth Sholtys, who founded the Ashraya Initiative for Children in Pune, India.