Sacred Heart University will present honorary doctorates to speakers at its 46th annual undergraduate and graduate commencement exercises this weekend.
An honorary doctor of humane letters degree will be presented by the Fairfield school to Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, who will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Sunday.
In the 1980s, Anderson served in the U.S. president's executive office and, from 1983 to 1998, was a visiting professor of family law at Rome's Pontifical Lateran University, according to the university. Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Council for the Laity and as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
At graduate commencement today, Susan Davis, chief executive officer of St. Vincent's Health Services in Bridgeport, will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and deliver the keynote address. Davis came to St. Vincent's from an 18-year career at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.