May 21, 2016
“It’s amazing what can happen when someone acts on their passion for bringing people together for a common cause.”
A Wheaton alumna wrote those words about the impact that you have had on her life, Sukey Nichols Wagner. We know that her sentiment is one shared by thousands of people across the country and around the world. You have made a career of changing lives by connecting people across countries, cultures, race and ethnicity, and circumstances.
Your work and interests span the globe—promoting education through schools in South Africa and Turkey, championing environmental conservation with organizations from Bhutan to Connecticut and assisting New York families living with HIV and AIDS by co-founding the Iris House in East Harlem.
You brought that passion for transforming lives, along with your world of interests, to Wheaton, as an alumna and trustee. The impact of your engagement can be seen across campus; in the vitality of our global education programs, for which you were an early champion, and through the many students who have benefited from your active support.
In explaining your commitment to global education, you have said that immersion in another culture is transformative. We would add that you are transformative. It is with the deepest gratitude for all your good works here and around the globe that we present to you with this honorary Doctor of Laws.