This will be a commencement that will go down in the history of Dillard University as DU Alumnus Henry Lacey & Sheila Tlou will receive honorary degrees at commencement with Michelle Obama, Mary Landrieu & Andrew Wisdom
Dillard to award five honorary degrees during 2014 Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, May 10
First Lady Michele Obama, Senator Mary Landrieu, Dillard alumni Drs. Henry Lacey and Sheila Tlou to receive Doctorate of Humane Letters
(New Orleans, LA) – First Lady Michelle Obama is among five recipients to receive honorary doctorates during Dillard University’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at 10 AM. Others who will receive Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters include U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D), Dillard alumni Dr. Henry Lacey, who graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor’s in English Education and Dr. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, who graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
U. S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) has been serving Louisiana since first elected to the state legislature at 23. After serving eight years as a state representative and two terms as State Treasurer, in 1996 she became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Landrieu serves as the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees. The nonpartisan group Congress.org has ranked Senator Landrieu as the tenth most effective legislator in the Senate.
Dr. Henry C. Lacey began his career at Dillard in 1975 as coordinator of the English program, and was Vice President for Academic Affairs upon his retirement. During his tenure at Dillard, Lacey successfully lead the university through two accreditation reaffirmations and successfully wrote a number of grants that were used to support faculty development and curriculum revisions.
Lacey is a well-respected Amiri Baraka scholar. He has published many articles on the author as well as a seminal text titled, To Raise, Destroy and Create: The Poetry, Drama and Fiction of Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (1981).
Lacey also has an impressive record of community service. He has served on a number of boards, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Youth Symphony, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Lacey earned a M.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Binghamton University, SUNY. He received his B.A. from Dillard University and is Professor Emeritus of English.
Dr. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou is a 1974 Dillard graduate and Botswana specialist in HIV/AIDS and women’s health. During the course of her career, Dr. Tlou has served as held a number of positions, including Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa, Minister of Health for the Republic of Botswana and Director of the United Nations AIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa.
During the course of her career, Tlou has garnered an international reputation and respect for her scholarship, leadership, activism, problem solving, and policy development in the continued struggle to decrease HIV-AIDs transmission in Africa.
Tlou holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences and post-graduate Certificates in Women’s health and Gender studies, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and Instruction at Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Nursing at the Catholic University of America. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Dillard University in New Orleans in 1974.
Mr. Andrew Wisdom has served as a Dillard University Trustee since 2002. As a trustee he has served the board in various capacities, including member of the finance, student success, governance and executive committees. For the past six years, Mr. Wisdom has served as treasurer of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Wisdom has been a significant financial supporter of Dillard University. He has been responsible for over $1.5 million in gifts and grants to the university. Mr. Wisdom is a successful entrepreneur who is co-founder of Turbo Squid, a technology company. He is also founder and principal of the investment-banking firm, Crescent City Capital Consulting.