During the commencement exercises, the Very Reverend William Spencer, O.F.M., Provincial Minister of the Province of the Sacred Heart, presented to Dr. Robert A. Gervasi, President of Quincy University, the decision of the Board of Trustees to aware His Excellency an honorary doctorate.
Father Spencer presented Bishop Paprocki to President Gervasi, saying, in part:
Whereas, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is both a scholar and servant, a person determined to use his time, talents and training to improve the lives of others and to make the world a better place to live; [and]
Whereas, Bishop Paprocki is an articulate and committed voice for Gospel values in the Catholic Church and in the larger society; [and]
Whereas, Bishop Paprocki's use of his experience, education and expertise for the good of others encourages each of us to do the same; [and]
Whereas, Bishop Paprocki understands what it means to "love God with his whole heart, soul, strength and mind, and his neighbor as himself" (Luke 10:27);
Therefore, be it known that the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki is hereby awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on this thirteenth day of May, 2012.
After receiving the honorary doctorate, Bishop Paprocki addressed the Class of 2012, speaking on the topic of religious liberty.
When Bishop Paprocki's address is posted on the Diocesan web site, I will link to it here.
The ceremonies concluded with the singing of the Quincy University Alma Mater:
WGEM-TV ran a story on the day.