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Howard Stephens Receives Honorary Doctorate


Dr. James Taylor (left), president of University of the Cumberlands presents Howard M. Stephens (right) with an honorary doctorate.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Howard M. Stephens received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Cumberlands on August 27, at his home in Harrogate, Tennessee. Stephens is a disabled World War II veteran and a 1954 graduate of Cumberlands.

Stephens spent four years serving his country during World War II in both the Army and the Navy. He spent the next six years recovering from injuries sustained during the war.

In 1953, Stephens earned his GED and decided to attend Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) where he received an associate's degree in business administration.

Stephens gives credit for his desire to attend college to his late brother, Professor Sydney Stephens, Jr., who retired from Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky's math departments. Stephens writes, "The two I owe most for my education are Cumberland College and Syd."

Stephens offers the following advice to Cumberlands' students: "Don't lie, as a falsehood will accompany you until death. I, at 15 years of age, told the draft board I was 18 to get into military service… I have been paying for that lie to this day."

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.