Office of Ceremonies

June 10, 2017

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Johnetta Cole being hooded

Johnnetta Cole being hooded by University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Chair of the Board of Regents Patrick Shanahan

At the 142nd University of Washington Commencement Ceremony, on June 10, 2017, the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was conferred upon Johnnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, pioneer in African-American studies, and the first African-American female president of Spelman College. She was presented with a framed honorary degree and framed citation for the honorary degree. Dr. Cole delivered the Commencement address.