Meharry Medical College's One Hundred Thirty-Ninth Convocation

Meharry Medical College held its One Hundred Thirty-Ninth Convocation, Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education. This is the first event held in the newest building on campus. Below is the list of honorary degree recipients.

André L. Churchwell, M.D., keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient, advised students to learn new models of health care and challenge themselves daily. He then asked students to seek support from mentors and continue their personal journeys with self-improvement. "The most important aspect that will keep you honest is unadorned humility,” said Churchwell. “Confront uncertainly and ignorance with vivacious intent."


 Convocation Speaker

Keynote Speaker and Honorary Degree recipient
André L. Churchwell, M.D.
Professor of medicine (cardiology), professor of radiology and radiological sciences, professor of biomedical engineering and senior associate dean for diversity affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Click below to hear excerpts from Dr. Churchwell’s keynote address:


 Bishop Walker

Honorary degree recipient
Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, D.Min.
Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Nashville, Tennessee

Hear Bishop Walker’s remarks on investing in students who want to pursue a degree in health care and serve those with health disparities.