Ellis Ray Williams, Sr, a lifelong educator and advocate for education and human rights, was awarded an honorary degree from West Virginia University in May 2019.
Accompanied by his son Dr. Ronald Williams, Ray posed for a celebratory
photo with Faculty Senate Chair David Hauser and Provost Joyce McConnell.
West Virginia University continues this tradition annually by honoring selected individuals whose outstanding contributions are important to West Virginia University, to the people of the State of West Virginia, or to the nation. These individuals have achieved the highest standards of excellence and illuminate, advance, ease, and inspire the human condition.