#78 – 2019 Commencement: Gayle Carson Riggs

At the 2019 Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Commencement, Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences Dean Steve Casper awarded Gayle Carson Riggs with an honorary degree.

Last year, KGI received a transformative gift from Gayle and the Riggs Family in honor of Founding President Hank Riggs. To recognize the magnitude of this gift, KGI proudly renamed the school the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences.

In reading the honorary degree’s proclamation, Casper noted: “Gayle Carson Riggs has made profound and enduring contributions to KGI; perhaps most significantly, the important early contributions she made as a sounding board and thought partner to President Henry E. Riggs in creating KGI.

“Gayle also has been an advocate for KGI’s students; she has strategically supported student-centered initiatives and remains involved in their implementation. The founding of KGI, its subsequent growth, and the success of countless KGI students would not have been possible without the kindness, guidance, and nurturing touch of Gayle Carson Riggs.”