Syracuse University to Award Three Honorary Degrees at 2021 Commencement

An esteemed higher education leader and a change agent for the arts; a highly respected U.S. Army commander and pioneer for women in the military; and an exemplary public servant in fiscal management and steadfast philanthropist will receive honorary degrees during Syracuse University’s 2021 Commencement.

Mary Schmidt Campbell G’73, G’82, president of Spelman College and dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs ’85, former chief of staff, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and commanding general of Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Joseph A. Strasser ’53, G’58, retired budget officer for Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, and retired finance officer in the U.S. Army, will be honored during Commencement this weekend for their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to their professional fields and service to the betterment of the world.