Duquesne's Commencement Ceremony Was All About Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers’ widow and biographer received honorary doctorates from the university last week.

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Though he couldn’t be there on Friday in person, Mister Rogers must’ve been at PPG Paints Arena in spirit. Two people close to him — his wife, Joanne Byrd Rogers, and Maxwell King, who wrote Fred Rogers’ biography — received honorary degrees at Duquesne University’s commencement.

King, formerly a director at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent College, is the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation.  His biography, “The Good Neighbor” is a New York Times bestseller.

Rogers is chair emerita to the Fred Rogers Company Board of Directors and honorary chair of the Fred Rogers Center advisory council. She is also a concert pianist.

Both King and Rogers received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Duquesne University President Ken Gormley. King delivered the commencement address, and Rogers also spoke during the ceremony.

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