Union Institute & University recognizes excellence with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Union Institute & University is proud to bestow the university’s highest level of recognition and honor to individuals

Dr. Roger H. Sublett welcomes La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to the podium as the Florida Commencement speaker.

Union Institute & University is proud to bestow the university’s highest level of recognition and honor to individuals who demonstrate an exemplary contribution to the field of higher education or have evidenced extraordinary scholarship and leadership in a field or discipline reflected in the university’s mission and community.

Recipients of our Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters:


  • Dr. Joseph G. Bock, Director of the Ph.D. Program in International Conflict Management in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University, Georgia.





  • Major General Sharon Dunbar, US Airforce (ret)



  • Edward O’Neil, MD, founder/president OMNIMED, ER physician



  • Lee Baca, sheriff, LA County (10/2015)
  • Larraine Matusak, Ph.D., scholar, leadership expert, educator, advocate for adult education



  • Cheryl M. Foley, past trustee, past Board chair, attorney, activist (Sacramento)
  • George Pruitt, past trustee, past Board chair, president of Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey (Florida)
  • Lisa Q. Lorimer Donahue, past trustee, past Board chair, founder and former CEO Vermont Bread Company (National)




  • Juana Bordas, President, Mestiza Leadership International, Author, Activist



  • David Gergen, Advisor to U.S. Presidents, Political Analyst



  • Nancy Rudolph, UI&U alumna; photographer



National Commencement

  • Eugene Reuhlmann, UI&U trustee; former mayor of Cincinnati



April Vermont College-Montpelier ADP Commencement

  • Richard Hathaway, Professor of Liberal Studies, Adult Degree Program since 1965


National Commencement

  • George Korey, UI&U Trustee since 1980; Founding President and Chancellor Emeritus, Canadian School of Management



National Commencement

  • Frances Hesselbein, founder and chair, board of governors, Leader to Leader Institute (formerly Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management); former executive director, Girls Scouts of the USA




Miami Regional Commencement:

  • Portia Simpson Miller, B.A. 1997


National Commencement

Marcellette G. Williams, Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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