Governor M. Jodi Rell to receive honorary degree from UB

Governor M. Jodi Rell will receive an honorary degree from the University of Bridgeport at Commencement ceremonies on May 8.

Governor Rell will open the 100th graduation ceremony with greetings to graduates and their families. She will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

One of the most popular governors in state history, Rell became Connecticut’s 87th governor in 2004 after John Rowland’s resignation. She was overwhelmingly elected to a full term on November 7, 2006.

University Trustee Mark Fries ’73 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Alumnus Shintaro Akatsu ’88 will be given the Colin “Ben” Gunn Award for Philanthropy.
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