University of the Pacific gives two honorary degrees

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burns towerSTOCKTON — The University of the Pacific will honor two distinguished alumni with honorary degrees during its May 14 commencement ceremony.

Douglass Eberhardt, class of 1959, will get an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. Kate Moses, class of 1984, will deliver the University Commencement Address and receive a Doctor of Fine Arts honorary degree.

Eberhardt is a a successful Stockton banker, community leader, alumnus and regent. Moss is an award-winning writer and founding editor of Salon.

“Throughout his career, Doug Eberhardt has been an exemplary member of the Stockton and university communities, embodying the Pacific values of leadership, student success and giving back,” Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck said in a release. “He has been a wise and deeply committed Regent, and a devoted advocate for providing experiential learning opportunities for students, including providing the start-up funds for the innovative Student Investment Fund (SIF) in the Eberhardt School of Business.”

The Eberhardt family’s leadership and commitment to the university include the Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award given for exemplary teaching and scholarship, and substantial time and expertise devoted to various committees, functions and campaigns at the University of the Pacific.

Moses recognized the importance of excellent faculty in her 2010 book, “Cakewalk, A Memoir.” In the book, Moses recounted her time at the school and credited her mentor, the late Professor Arlen Hansen, with promoting her intellectual awakening.

“Moses’s account of how Arlen Hansen’s mentoring changed her life is emblematic of what makes Pacific special: the strong connection between faculty and students, the heartfelt investment faculty make in their students, and the difference Pacific can make in the direction of a life,” Eibeck said in a release. “With great intention, Kate now brings Hansen’s spirit, energy and commitment to her own teaching. We are so very proud of Kate and what she’s accomplished. It gives our graduating students a clear glimpse at what they can do with a Pacific education.”

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