Bryan presents Dr. George honorary degree
August 25, 2006
Dr. Robert George, director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree before his convocation address at Bryan College Aug. 23.
In presenting the degree, Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said Dr. George, who earned degrees at Swarthmore College, Harvard and Oxford universities, is “a leader who brings his convictions into the public square, tirelessly persuading and reasoning for timeless truth in a culture of moral relativism and spiritual chaos.”
Dr. George, who also is McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton and a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, said the values he shares with Bryan College “makes it a privilege and a very great honor to be joining the ranks of the honorary alumni of this college. I can say that this is a degree of which I am unreservedly proud, and I thank you for it.”
Dr. George is pictured, left, with Dr. Livesay.
His convocation address, “The Politics of Supreme Court Appointments,” was a historical review of factors involved in presidential decisions on nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court, ranging from George Washington’s initial selections to George W. Bush’s three recent nominations.
During the convocation, which formally opened the academic year, Dr. Livesay recognized Presidential Scholars, recipients of Bryan’s top academic scholarships, and Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White reminded all students that the college motto, Christ Above All, is an acknowledgement of our dependence on Christ “to excel in the life of the mind and spirit.”