William K. "Bill" Ray, a Hattiesburg businessman and community leader, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during William Carey University commencement exercises on May 16.
The honorary doctorate, awarded by the Carey Board of Trustees at their May 7 meeting, was presented to Ray by Dr. Tommy King, university president. Ray was assisted in his doctoral hooding by Charles Pickering Sr., a retired federal judge and chairman of the Carey Board of Trustees, and Dr. Scott Hummel, university provost.
The honorary doctorate recognizes Ray for his service as a Christian business and civic leader and for his numerous professional accomplishments. Ray currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, a private grant-making organization with the goal of strengthening education and health in the local community and improving quality of life in the area.