On Saturday, May 5, Gloria Gaither was honored with an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Nyack College in New York. Alongside Gloria, other Honorary Doctorate recipients included Steve Forbes, Dr. Stanley Kwong, and Dr. Michael Louis.
Nyack College, a model in Christian higher education of cultural and racial diversity, has campuses in Nyack, N. Y., Washington, D.C., and Manhattan. Nyack College is a Christian Liberal Arts college that offers academic programs for religious vocations as well as majors in various professions and the liberal arts, including music.
The college’s music department was formally established in 1938 and Nyack was the first institution in New York State authorized to grand a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree. The mission of the college’s music program reflects the integration of faith and learning and that mission is carried out in an atmosphere of creativity, vision and dedication that prepares students for whatever lies ahead for them.
“At our Nyack College commencement, we intentionally honor leaders in various sectors of society who exemplify the kind of lifestyle our graduates can aim for as they move into the next phase of God’s plan for their lives,” says Nyack College President, Michael Scales. “Mrs. Gaither is one stellar example of the integration of faith and learning at the deepest levels.”
This Honorary Doctorate in Music is Gloria’s seventh Honorary Doctorate degree.
Pictured below with Gloria are:
(Far left) Dr. Stanley Kwong, pastor of Queens Herald Church, one of the three largest Chinese churches in the NY/NJ area, a member of the Board of Trustees of Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary and interim director for the Chinese Bi-cultural Studies program at Alliance Seminary.
(2nd from left) Dr. Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media (Forbes Magazine–circulation 900,000).
(Far right) Harvard graduate, Dr. Michael Louis, a founding member of the African Christian Democratic Party who worked with Nelson Mandella and helped shape the new constitution after the fall of apartheid.