Sewanee honors Bush, Meacham

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Former first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday became the second in her family to receive an honorary degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Her degree, given at the school's 153rd baccalaureate service in honor of her lifelong work in family literacy, followed by more than two decades the one given to former President George H.W. Bush.

Hundreds of people started lining up hours before the 10 a.m. CDT service at All Saints Chapel on the campus in Sewanee.

Only about 1,000 could fit in the chapel. Many more hoping to see Mrs. Bush lead the processional of faculty and students had to be rerouted to two other locations on campus. They watched the Episcopal church service and the conferring of Mrs. Bush's honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree via a live video feed.