WFU will award Frederick Buechner an honorary degree

Wake Forest University will award the Rev. Frederick Buechner, an author and Presbyterian minister, an honorary degree during its May 15 commencement.

Buechner will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree. Buechner will deliver the university’s Baccalaureate address during commencement weekend.

Buechner is a noted novelist and nonfiction writer whose work includes novels, short stories, autobiographies and memoirs. Buechner’s work as a Presbyterian minister influences his work as an author. He often explores moral, ethical and religious themes.

His work has been recognized with a Rosenthal Award for his novel, “The Return of Ansel Gibbs,” a National Book Award nomination for “Lion Country,” and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for “Godric.”

Buechner frequently lectures on college campuses and serves as a guest preacher for congregations across the country.

The university will award a total of six honorary degrees during commencement. The other recipients will be: John Chambers, president and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems Inc., doctor of laws; Dr. Claude Lenfant, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with the National Institutes of Health, doctor of science; Thomas Lambeth, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (retiring this summer after 22 years of service), doctor of laws; A.E. Dick Howard, Constitutional law scholar and the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia School of Law, doctor of laws; Helen Lewis, scholar and author on Appalachian life and culture, doctor of divinity.

Chambers will deliver the Wake Forest’s commencement address.

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