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HU to confer honorary doctorate degrees

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

Huntington University will confer honorary doctorate degrees to Kelly K. Savage of Grandville, Michigan and Steven D. Platt of Huntington at its 119th Commencement on Saturday, May 13.

“Huntington celebrates the opportunity to recognize both of these outstanding alums with honorary doctorates for excellence in their respective fields, and outstanding commitment to the mission of our University,” said Huntington University president, Dr. Sherilyn Emberton.

Savage, left, who will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science degree, is the chief human resources officer with Amway, and is responsible for the company’s more than 21,000 employees worldwide. She graduated from Huntington College in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and in 1985, received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University. Savage has served on Huntington University’s board of trustees for 14 years, including serving as board chair for five (2011-2015). In October of 2015, Savage was named board chairman emeritus. She is a member of Huntington University’s Merillat Society, 2017 Forester Fund Pacesetters Club and has established the Savage Family Endowed Scholarship.

Platt, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, graduated from Huntington College in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and played four years of varsity basketball. He was Indiana’s all-time leading collegiate scorer (3,700) points, and was the national leading collegiate scorer in 1973 and 1974. In 1994, Platt returned to Huntington College and became the Forester’s head basketball coach. During his 14-year tenure, he compiled 329 wins against 143 losses for a .697 winning percentage, the highest in school history. He is a member of Huntington’s Forester Legacy Society, the 1897 Society, and he and his family have created an annual basketball scholarship. Platt also serves on the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies Advisory Council.

The commencement ceremony will be held in the Merillat Complex’s fieldhouse beginning at 2:30 p.m. with approximately 279 students graduating. The day’s festivities will also include a breakfast for graduates and their parents as well as the President’s Luncheon. This year marks the first class of Huntington University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program, which will graduate 32 students. Huntington’s OTD program began in 2014.