Yale Will Award Pusey Honorary Law Degree
Griswold to Confer Doctorate Nov. 21
President Pusey will receive a Yale honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Saturday, November 21.
The degree-Pusey's first since he was named president of Harvard--will be conferred by Yale President A. Whitney Griswold at a special ceremony in Woolsey Hall at 10 a.m. Later that day Harvard will play Yale in football.
Yale ordinarily awards its honorary degrees in June but the Yale Corporation voted for a special November degree. Pusey will also be the first honorary degree Yale has ever announced to be granted ahead of its presentation.
Pusey will be the guest of honor at a banquet of the Yale University Council at the New Haven Lawn Club on Friday, November 20. Banquet speakers will include Griswold, Judge Charles E. Wyzanski '27, president of the Board of Overseers and former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, a Fellow of the Yale Corporation. Frank D. Ashburn, headmaster of the Brooks School and president of the Yale University Council, will preside at the banquet.
The next morning trustees and head administrators of both schools will march in academic procession prior to the degree-conferring ceremony. Griswold and Pusey will lead the procession which will include Fellows of the Yale and Harvard Corporations, the Yale University Council, and the Harvard Board of Overseers.
The Rt. Reverend Henry Knox Sherrill, Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States and a fellow of the Yale Corporation, will be Public Orator for the ceremony, He will present Pusey to Griswold.
Griswold will then confer the degree upon Pusey. Pusey will end the ceremony with a short speech.
Music will be provided by the Harvard and Yale Glee Clubs; who will have a special section in the gallery.
This is the first degree that Pusey has received since he was named President of Harvard this year. He holds honorary degrees from Wesleyan, Coe College, and Ripon. All three were awarded while he was president of Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin.