Graceland recognized two alumni with
honorary doctorate degrees and acknowledged
four faculty for outstanding service and
dedication to the university community.
Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Graceland alumnae Zana Rudi ’06, Kosovo’s ambassador to Panama, and Dhurata Hoxha ’04, Minister of Justice of the government of the Republic of Kosovo, received honorary doctorate degrees for their service to the government of Kosovo in an effort to create stability and prosperity for the country’s future.
Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Linda DeBarthe, PhD ’86, Professor of Accounting, a third-generation Graceland graduate and 14th-generation teacher
Excellence in Scholarly Achievement
Bradley H. Brewster, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Isaac Pressnell, MFA, Division Chair and Assistant Professor of English
Professor Emeritus Status
Ronald K. Smith, PhD ’74, retired from teaching mathematics after 39 years at the university