Gov. Bill Haslam receives honorary degree, speaks at Lee University graduation

photo Gov. Bill Haslam addresses the winter 2012 graduating class at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., on Saturday. University President Paul Conn conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Gov. Haslam.

photo Lee University President Paul Conn, left, prepares to confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Governor Bill Haslam Saturday during the 2012 winter commencement at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Gov. Bill Haslam received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lee University on Saturday before giving the commencement address to the winter 2012 graduating class.

"Lee University is not one of those institutions which awards honorary doctorates freely or indiscriminately," university President Paul Conn said at the event.

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