Clemson honors former governor with honorary degree.

Among Clemson University's 4,000 degree recipients this week is David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and 113th governor of South Carolina. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities during the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences commencement ceremony at 1 p.m., Thursday.

"It is truly an honor to be awarded this prestigious degree by Clemson, which has a special place in my heart," Beasley said in a news release. "The university enriched my life in so many ways and taught me important lessons that have guided me throughout my career. I feel blessed to be part of Clemson's inspiring community."

As the executive director of the World Food Programme, he bridges political, religious and ethnic boundaries to fight world hunger and champion economic development and education, according to the news release. The organization was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

The honor for Beasley was approved by the Clemson Board of Trustees at its spring quarterly meeting in April. The board's policy on honorary degrees states Clemson University intends to be highly selective in awarding honorary degrees to the highest qualified and most deserving candidates, and authorized honorary degrees should represent lasting recognition of unusual and exemplary service of outstanding individuals. Beasley is the first honorary degree recipient at Clemson since 2018.

"I am pleased that we are able to recognize David Beasley for his...

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