Burmese Monks Honored at December Ceremony

USF honored the Buddhist monks of Burma (Myanmar) with an honorary doctorate during a Dec. 14 commencement ceremony.

Presention to monks

Accepting on behalf of the monks was Sayadaw U Kovida (center), a highly respected senior monk with a history of standing up against the military junta and being jailed for doing so. “This honor gives all of us inside and outside Burma much needed encouragement to carry on with conviction,” Sayadaw U Kovida said. USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., praised the monks’ “courageous, nonviolent demonstrations, their continuing struggle for a fair and representative government, and the selfless leadership that is giving an entire nation a taste of freedom. These are the kind of people we hope our graduates will be.”

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