Governor General Receives Honoary Degree

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors Colleges, graduated 403 students with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on Saturday, May 11, outdoors on the campus’ Townhouse Green. The commencement address was delivered by Erin Ryan, host of Crooked Media’s “Hysteria” podcast, a writer for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and a senior editor at The Daily Beast. Ryan’s written work has appeared in several publications including The New York Times, Playboy, Runner’s World, and Jezebel. In 2018, her work for The Daily Beast won a New York Press Club award for humor writing. Ryan has co-hosted the podcasts “Pod Save America” and “Lovett or Leave It,” in addition to appearing on “Keep It!” She has appeared as a guest speaker on HLN, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and the BBC. Ryan has also written for VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and a forthcoming comedy project from Apple TV. A native of Frederic, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she currently resides in Los Angeles.

Also receiving honorary degrees were Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, and Clyde “Bernie” Bernard Fowler Jr., president of Bernie Fowler Homes/C.B. Bernie Fowler Inc. and president and founder of Farming 4 Hunger, a non-profit organization which supports farming activities that provide food for the needy.

His Excellency, Sir Rodney Williams, was appointed as Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda in August 2014 by HRM Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George and as a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. A physician by training, Sir Rodney Williams received his MBBS degree in medicine and surgery from the University of the West Indies in 1976. He entered Parliament in 1984 as Representative for the Constituency of St. Paul. He served several successive ministerial appointments, including those in economic development; industry and tourism; education, sports, youth, and community development; as well as education, culture and technology. As Governor General, His Excellency has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. He has led efforts to diversify economic drivers and improve healthcare by providing, for over 40 years, free medical clinics in the capital city of St. Paul. His initiatives to promote tourism by developing cultural exchange and educational programming have fostered partnerships with St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Morgan State University, as well as other entities around the world.