Speakers & Honorees

At this time, graduation will occur as scheduled but the commencement ceremony will be delayed. Emory & Henry College administration is dedicated to providing our amazing graduates an Emory & Henry commencement ceremony.

2020 Baccalaureate Speaker

Joe ReiffDr. Joseph T. Reiff is an ordained United Methodist minister with membership in the Mississippi Annual Conference. He joined the faculty at Emory & Henry in 1990 and became chair of the religion department in 1998. He has served as a faculty representative to the College’s Board of Trustees, interim associate dean of academic affairs/director of the Powell Resource Center, faculty marshal, member of the presidential search committee at Emory & Henry, and faculty representative to the College’s Executive Council. He has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, the College’s DeFriece Award for outstanding contributions to humanity in the field of religion, the Finch Award for Faculty Excellence from Emory & Henry, the Maiden Award for unusual academic achievement at Emory & Henry, and the Hope Award from the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry. He received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2016 nonfiction award for his book Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society, published by Oxford University Press in November, 2015. Reiff earned his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, a Masters in Divinity degree magna cum laude from Emory University, and a B.A. in English from Millsaps College, where he serves as a trustee.