Ramsey honored at Pikeville College opening convocation
September 2nd, 2008
Citing his resume as an educator and his accomplishments as a scholar, Pikeville College recognized University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey with an honorary degree Aug. 26.
Ramsey received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the eastern Kentucky school and also delivered the opening address at the college’s opening convocation.
Speaking to more than 400 Pikeville students, faculty, staff and community members, Ramsey stressed how higher education is more important today than it ever has been.
“We need twice as many college graduates over the next decade if we, as a state, are going to continue to grow and prosper and provide job opportunities for our people,” he said, referring to the Council on Postsecondary Education’s initiative to double the numbers of bachelor’s degree holders in Kentucky by 2020. “We need to get more people into college, get more people to graduate and make available more lifelong training once they’ve finished college.”
Ramsey directed his closing remarks to Pikeville students, encouraging them to “be involved in all the college and community have to offer.” He finished by inviting students to join UofL’s graduate programs upon their graduation from Pikeville.