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Gregory Deavens delivers Manor College commencement address, receives honorary degree

By June 7, 2024June 11th, 2024Featured Leadership

Manor College also announces new scholarship program supported by Independence Blue Cross, personal gift from Greg and Beverly Deavens, and Manor trustees

Independence Blue Cross (IBX) President and CEO Gregory E. Deavens served as the 2024 Commencement Speaker at Manor College on May 16. Manor College President Jonathan Peri, Ph.D., J.D., conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters on Deavens, making him becoming the third-ever recipient of an honorary degree from the institution. Past recipients are Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (2022) and NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tracy Davidson (2023).

In his speech, Deavens offered advice to the graduates that he said would have been valuable to his younger self. He suggested that the graduates be curious and bold; humble and receptive; courageous and compassionate; and grateful and optimistic.

“You may also encounter others that are not as welcoming and friendly. When you do, just say to yourself that you belong here, you are enough, and you have been placed here for a reason,” said Deavens.

Following the commencement address, Manor College announced a new program, the Summer Scholars Program, which is designed to provide a pathway for eligible returning students to take selected summer courses in 2024 and 2025 with no tuition cost. The program is supported by gifts from Manor College trustees as well as Independence Blue Cross and a personal gift from Deavens and his wife Beverly.

“Beverly and I are very pleased to support the educational journey of Manor College students through the Summer Scholars Program,” said Deavens. “My parents were first-generation college graduates, and Beverly is a lifelong learner who completed her college degree as an adult, so we understand the special challenges that many Manor students face, as well as the rich rewards of completing the journey.”