2016 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

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Johnson & Wales University will award 9 honorary doctorate degrees along with 3,277 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its 2016 commencement ceremonies across all 4 campuses. See below for a list of honorary degree recipients, which includes two JWU alums, Paul Damico '86 and Champe Carter Speidel '00.

PROVIDENCE
Thursday, May 19
Graduate Studies Commencement

  • Recipient and Speaker: Terrie Fox Wetle, MS, PhD, Dean of the School of Public Health, Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Recipient: Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United way of Rhode Island, honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Saturday, May 21
Morning Ceremony, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Engineering & Design, School of Hospitality

  • Recipient and Speaker: Rajendra S. Sisodia, co-founder and co-chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc., FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Food Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism, Babson College, honorary Doctor of Business Administration
  • Recipient: William J. Murphy, partner, Murphy & Fay, LLP, member of JWU Board of Trustees, honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Afternoon Ceremony, College of Culinary Arts, School of Hospitality-Food Service Management

  • Recipient and speaker: Champe Carter Speidel '00, chef/proprietor, Persimmon and Persimmon Provisions, honorary Doctor of Culinary Arts

NORTH MIAMI
Saturday, May 21
College of Arts & Sciences, College of Culinary Arts, School of Business, School of Hospitality

  • Recipient and speaker: Paul Damico '86, president, North America, Focus Brands, Inc., honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management

DENVER
Saturday, May 21

College of Arts & Sciences, College of Culinary Arts, School of Business, School of Hospitality

  • Recipient and speaker: Steven J. McCarthy, chairman and CEO, Além International Management, Inc., honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management
  • Recipient: William Yosses, founder, Kitchen Garden Laboratory, honorary Doctor of Culinary Arts

CHARLOTTE
Saturday, May 21

College of Culinary Arts, School of Business, School of Hospitality

  • Recipient and speaker: Joseph “Frank” Scibelli, founder and CEO, FS Food Group, honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Food Service Entrepreneurship