The University of the South’s Winter Convocation will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, to mark the opening of the spring semester. Honorary degrees will be presented, including to three distinguished alumni, and new members will be inducted into the Order of the Gown during the service. 

The Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf, bishop of the Diocese of Western Tennessee, will give the Convocation address and will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree. Additional honorary degrees will be conferred upon Dr. Ramona Doyle, C’81, a Rhodes Scholar, practicing physician, and professor of medicine; the Rev. Daniel R. Heischman, executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools; the Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina; Lee M. Thomas, C’67, former chairman and CEO of Rayonier, and former EPA administrator; and the Rev. Francis Walter III, T’57, a long-time advocate for social justice.