Gloria Elaine White-Hammond
Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow
awarded Rev. Gloria E. White Hammond an honorary degree during the University's
2006 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 21, 2006.
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Mass. [05.21.06] Gloria Elaine White-Hammond, you are a healer. A 1976 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, you bring compassionate care and clinical expertise to the youngest members of our society, children as close by as the South End and as far away as South Africa. As an ordained minister, you heal the spirit of congregants and the soul of a city that seeks to eliminate violence and intolerance. You bring together husbands and wives, single parents and their children, the young and the elderly, civic leaders and street people in your mission to bridge personal differences and bind diverse communities. Remarkably, you are also a healer of serious global wounds. More than 10,000 previously enslaved women and children of Sudan now celebrate their freedom as a result of your courageous efforts. My Sister’s Keeper, the humanitarian program you launched to unite women here and in the Sudan, along with your leadership of the Massachusetts Council to Save Darfur are powerful examples of the active citizenship that Tufts so warmly embraces. For your profound respect for humanity, your passion for the most vulnerable among us, your commitment to bring hope to those in need, and your ability to improve the lives of people near and far, Tufts proudly presents you with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.