Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 18.
The degrees were conferred upon Ellsworth and Hall for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.
Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.
The following citations were read:
Laura E. Ellsworth, J.D.
Laura Ellsworth, for your wholly inspirational work ethic, as evidenced by a successful career in complex litigation and a multitude of professional posts, Waynesburg honors you.
Your commitment to advancing the state of professional law practice has spanned the globe in both accolades and experience, and your work is held in the highest regard in the Pittsburgh region.
As one of the “5o Best Women in Business,” you have served as an example to young women who wish to change the world. Through your notable publications and accomplishments, you have encouraged young people, including Waynesburg University students, to pursue lives of purpose.
Your demonstrated passion for justice and ethical leadership rings clear and mirrors the efforts of Waynesburg University to instill such admirable qualities in its students.
Your heart for service shines brightest in your work with the Imani Christian Academy as a board member and co-teacher. By uniting your love for the children at Imani and your passion for workforce development, you create opportunities for students at Imani to experience success.
Your authorship and experience speaks to a high level of professional development and a desire for continued education. These characteristics align with Waynesburg University’s drive to instill a passion for lifetime learning coupled with faith and service.
For the ways in which you have illuminated issues of justice and fought for your moral convictions, Waynesburg appreciates you.
For your undeniable drive, genuine leadership ability and pronounced passion for the legal field, it is with great honor that Waynesburg University confers upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Rev. Thomas M. Hall II
Rev. Thomas Hall, in recognition of your unwavering commitment to the members of your congregation and all those you compassionately serve, Waynesburg University honors you.
Your passion for the heart of Pittsburgh has advanced the region in spirituality and sustainability. As your influence has shaped leaders and your words have molded Christians, so, too, have your hands helped form a city ripe with opportunity.
As you lead your community with quiet strength and example-based guidance, you create a space in which new leaders can mature and prosper.
For your civic-minded allegiance and your talent for awakening non-believers to the wonders of Christ, Waynesburg University thanks you.
In your many years of patriotic support to your country, you served as an intelligence analyst, a chairman of the 15-nation NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee and a commander of the 11th Operations Group. For your service to the United States of America as a retired Air Force colonel with many military decorations, Waynesburg University appreciates you.
Experienced and applauded by many, your civic engagement stands as an excellent example in conviction, leadership and service, the very components of a faith-based life that Waynesburg University encourages students to embody.
For your distinguished contributions to your community, your country and the Kingdom of God, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
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