President Hinckley Receives Ninth and Tenth Honorary Doctorates

“President Hinckley Receives Ninth and Tenth Honorary Doctorates,” Ensign, Sept. 2003, 77–78

President Hinckley Receives Ninth and Tenth Honorary Doctorates

Extolled as “a tremendous leader in faith, education, and higher ideals, affecting people around the world,” and as a man who has made “endless contributions toward humanitarian causes,” President Gordon B. Hinckley was recently awarded honorary doctorates by both Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University—Hawaii. President Hinckley has received ten such honors.

President Hinckley received an honorary doctorate of humane letters on 6 May from Salt Lake Community College at a Presidential Graduation Gala hosted by college president H. Lynn Cundiff.

On 21 June, at the university’s commencement, BYU—Hawaii president Eric B. Shumway presented President Hinckley with a doctorate of Christian service and leadership honoris causa for his endless contributions toward humanitarian causes and his leadership in Asia and the Pacific.

In announcing the award, President Shumway said, “President Hinckley does not need this honor, but we have a need to bestow it.”

“I deeply appreciate this honor. I hope to live worthy of it,” said President Hinckley, who also later addressed the graduates.

Church News contributed to this article.