Speakers & Honorary Degrees

During the ceremony, the University also honored four of its own graduates – physicians Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien ’01, and vocalist Gail Gilmore ’72 – with honorary degrees. The three physicians, who all participated in the keynote address, co-authored the book Pulse of Perseverance and are living testaments of Xavier’s mission. Gilmore is noted for strengthening the pathways to education and music for black youth.

Vocalist Gail Gilmore ’72


Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien ’01