Whittier College has awarded its higher honor, doctorate of humane letters (LL.D.), to the Venerable Grand Master Hsing Yun, who is the head of one of the largest Buddhist sects in the world. A small delegation of Whittier faculty and administrators presented him with the honorary degree at the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights on Saturday, December 20. The presentation was kept very modest, albeit in high regalia, in deference to Buddhist tradition.
“In giving this honor to the Venerable Master, we are celebrating his leadership, his goodness, and his example,” said President Sharon Herzberger. “We are also celebrating the budding partnership that has grown between Whittier College and Hsi Lai and Fo Guang Shan Temples and our commitment to the work that they do.”
Whittier College awards honorary degrees to exceptional individuals whose values and accomplishments parallel the College’s educational mission.