Gettysburg College awards honorary degrees

GETTYSBURG, PA (05/23/2013)(readMedia)-- As part of Commencement proceedings on May 19, 2013, Gettysburg College awarded three individuals with honorary degrees.

David Gergen, a political commentator, journalist and former presidential advisor, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service. Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for the past decade.

Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian American in United States history to hold the rank of ambassador, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in International Relations. Ambassador Bloch currently serves as the founding president of the US-China Education Trust (USCET).

Jennifer Bryant '82, a writer of biographies, novels and poems, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Bryant has taught writing and children's literature at West Chester University and at Bryn Mawr College; she continues to give lectures, workshops and school presentations throughout the year.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.