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Cumberland University to Confer Honorary Degree on June Love Heydel

 Cumberland University to Confer Honorary Degree on June Love Heydel

Commemorating the significant contributions she has made to the arts, Cumberland University will confer an honorary doctorate of fine arts on Mrs. June Love Heydel during its May 8 commencement exercises.

Mrs. Heydel is being honored for her role in lifting up the fine arts at Cumberland University and its surrounding community. Through her passion for the arts and generosity, countless students and members of the community have developed an appreciation for the fine arts.

“The mark that Mrs. Heydel has left on this institution and community will be felt for generations,” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of the university. “She has been an inspiration and brought new life and meaning to the arts and community service.”


Mrs. Heydel, a lifelong advocate for the arts, is a native of Rockwood, Tenn.  She and her husband, Mr. William D. Heydel, member of the Cumberland Board of Trust, reside in Lebanon, Tenn. When asked about her many demonstrations of philanthropy, she inevitably responds, “We are blessed.”


Among the many examples of Mrs. Heydel’s generosity is the arts center that bears the name of her and her husband of 62 years, The June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center. The 250 seat facility is a tribute to her love for the arts. The center hosts numerous cultural and fine arts performances every year and has become a reputable venue for community and professional groups. The center houses the University’s fine arts program. Mrs. Heydel is an active and engaged member of the community.  She has served numerous causes including the Cumberland Women’s Club, the Village Women’s Club and was a member of the organization committee for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

In 1998 Mrs. Heydel received Cumberland University’s Award of the Phoenix, a recognition bestowed upon individuals who have contributed to the ideals and traditions of the University. The award was presented along with the first graduates receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts.

The degree of doctorate of fine arts will be conferred on Mrs. Heydel at Cumberland University’s 168th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 am on the front lawn of Memorial Hall.