Joseph P. Hoar
Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow
awarded Joseph P. Hoar an honorary degree during the University's
2006 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 21, 2006.
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Mass. [05-21-06] Joseph P. Hoar, as a psychology major at Tufts, you did not envision an illustrious career as a United States Marine. After graduation in 1956, you headed for New York and the business world. When current events and a draft notice brought you face to face with the reality of war and politics, you chose to serve your nation in uniform with honor, courage and commitment. Across 37 dedicated years in the armed services, you were entrusted with the leadership of the men and women of the United States Marine Corps. At the peak of your career, as Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command, you provided military leadership for all U.S. forces in Northeast Africa , and Southwest and Central Asia, and oversaw peacekeeping operations in Kenya and Somalia . Always faithful to your country, you led with integrity and intelligence, informed by the lessons of a liberal education, and a deep understanding of societies and cultures different from your own. You are highly decorated, reflecting our nation’s great respect for your command. More recently, you have earned public admiration for your thoughtful perspective and commentary on U.S. military activity throughout the world. General Joseph P. Hoar, Tufts’ highest ranking alumnus in the United States military, on the occasion of your 50 th reunion, we welcome you home and salute your distinguished service to our nation with the degree of Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa.