Mayor McFarlane to give commencement address at William Peace University

Mayor Nancy McFarlane will serve as William Peace University’s 2014 commencement speaker, where she will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities on Saturday, May 3.

“William Peace University is honored to have Mayor McFarlane as its Commencement speaker,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “She is an influential policymaker and leader for our city, and I know that she will deliver a message that will impact our graduating students, providing them with something they can reflect on and remember for years to come.”

Other honorary doctorate recipients will include WPU alumna Fay Jackson Anderson, Ph.D., and a posthumous award for Dr. Annie L. Wilkerson, M.D., Ph.D., the first female doctor of obstetrics and gynecology in Raleigh.

“It’s difficult to put into words how much Fay and the late Dr. Wilkerson mean to William Peace University and its history,” Townsley said. “Never will you find such influential women in the City of Raleigh as Nancy, Fay, and Annie. We are proud to award honorary doctorates to all of these outstanding women.”

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