GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 5, 2017) – Bob Jones University will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on United States Congressman Trey Gowdy during its 90th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. today in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus.
“We are privileged to honor Congressman Gowdy with an honorary doctorate,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Trey is a public servant who has dedicated his life to serving the people of South Carolina both as a prosecutor and as a member of Congress.”
Representing South Carolina’s Fourth District, Congressman Gowdy entered Congress in January, 2011, with a commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. A former federal and state prosecutor, Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Intelligence, Ethics, Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary, where he also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
Gowdy graduated from Baylor University with a degree in history in 1986 and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989, where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”
Gowdy is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy. They have two children, Watson and Abigail, who are currently enrolled in law school and college, respectively.
In addition to the conferral of Congressman Gowdy’s honorary degree, nearly 700 students will receive degrees. In addition to the 542 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 86 students will receive master’s degrees and 60 students will receive associate degrees. Four candidates will receive earned doctoral degrees.