Honorary Degree Recipients and Speakers

A die-by-side photo of Abraham Verghese and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs

Acclaimed writer and physician Abraham Verghese will address this year’s graduates during the College of the Holy Cross Commencement ceremonies.

An infectious disease physician, best-selling author and popular speaker, Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University. He is known for his advocacy for the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and for the value of the discerning bedside exam as a complement to and a way of more judiciously using expensive diagnostic technology.

Verghese will be given an honorary degree during Commencement. The College will also award an honorary degree to Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., the 32nd president of Holy Cross, a role he held from 2012-2021.

Read more about Verghese and Boroughs in the Holy Cross Newsroom.