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    Each year, the university awards honorary doctorate degrees.

    Honorary degree recipients are recognized during commencement ceremonies for their notable careers and their positive influence on their industries, organizations and communities. Each one has also demonstrated their support to the mission of JWU. As we continue to prepare our students for their chosen careers, these individuals will serve as role models for our graduating students.

    2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

    • 2014 recipients will be announced in late spring 2014

    2013 Honorary Degree Recipients

    Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School

    • Speaker: Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson, JD
      Circuit Judge, US Court of Appeals for the First District
      Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Science in Criminal Justice Management

    College of Culinary Arts and The Hospitality College

    • Speaker: Brian J Foye '85, '88 MBA
      President, Seasons 52 of Darden Restaurants
      Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management
    • Alain Ducasse
      President and co-founder, Alain Ducasse Enterprise
      Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts

    John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences, College of Business and School of Technology

    • Speaker: Steven L. Spinner
      President and CEO, United Natural Foods Inc.
      Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
    • Ashbel T. Wall, JD
      Director, Rhode Island Department of Corrections
      Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Criminal Justice