Derek Jeter to receive honorary degree from Siena College | News
LOUDONVILLE - Siena College will recognize New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter with an honorary degree during this year’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13.
According to a statement by the college, Jeter will become a member of Siena’s Class of 2012 and will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The degree will recognize his leadership, accomplishments in baseball and his actions improving people’s lives through his Turn 2 Foundation.
“We all know that Derek Jeter is a tremendous athlete, but this is an opportunity for the Siena community to honor and share in his commitment to young men and women,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Richardson, Ph.D. in a statement. “Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation encourages our youth to remain in school and to stay healthy. Siena will support our joint mission of academic excellence by providing two full grants to academically-qualified students who have participated in one of the many Turn 2 Foundation Signature Programs.”
Jeter will be on the road with the Yankees during commencement but a personalized video message will play during the ceremony and his sister, Sharlee Jeter, will accept the honorary degree on his behalf. Sharlee is the president of the Turn 2 Foundation.
This will be Jeter’s first honorary degree.