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Scheduling delayed Josh Duhamel’s honorary UND degree

North Dakota native and “Transformers” star Josh Duhamel is still set to receive an honorary doctorate from UND, it may just take a bit to happen.

UND announced last fall that Duhamel would be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, recognizing his success in film and his promotion work on behalf of North Dakota.

Peter Johnson, spokesman for UND, said the actor’s schedule has not yet aligned with a commencement date to present the degree.

“We are looking forward to the day we bestow an honorary degree on Josh Duhamel,” Johnson said. “Historically, the awarding is done on campus and, historically, it is done at a commencement.”

Johnson said there have been at least two exceptions to awarding the doctorate at commencement: President John F. Kennedy was awarded an honorary degree during his standing-room only speech in what is now the Hyslop Sports Center in September 1963, and former NBA coach and executive Phil Jackson was awarded an honorary degree at a convocation in August 2008.

“We're looking forward to the day when Josh Duhamel's schedule and commencement align,” Johnson said.

UND President Mark Kennedy said last fall that the university is “proud to have Mr. Duhamel as an unwavering ambassador for the University of North Dakota and our entire state.”

“He has shown himself to be a champion of North Dakota all throughout his acclaimed professional career, demonstrating to audiences around the world the tremendous talent that we produce in our community,” Kennedy said last fall in a prepared statement.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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