Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson received honorary doctoral degree from Bethune-Cookman University
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Congresswoman S. Wilson (FL-24), was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) for her contributions to society and commitment to service at the BCU fall commencement ceremony on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center in Daytona Beach. The honorary doctoral degree was presented by BCU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson, and Board of Trustees Chairperson Dr. Joe Petrock.
“I am so grateful to President Jackson, Dr. Petrock and the Board of Trustees, the faculty and students for this amazing accolade,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “I’m beaming with pride to receive this honor from the University which continues to uphold the same values of academic excellence as its founder, the legendary Mary McLeod Bethune. I am especially pleased to share this very special moment with my family – especially my grandchildren.”
Congresswoman Wilson is a voice for the voiceless who has fought for change in her community and beyond. Her achievements include working with Governor Jeb Bush to remove the Confederate flag from the Florida state capitol, mandating HIV/AIDS testing for newly-released prisoners, opposing high-stakes standardized testing, pushing for a ban of the term ‘illegal alien’ in state public records, and partnering with Governor Charlie Crist to restore voting rights for ex-felons. She sponsored a bill taking aim at the deadly terrorist group Boko Haram, introduced the American Jobs Act of 2013, the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights, and the Youth Corp Act of 2013. Congresswoman Wilson, widowed, is the proud mother of three children: Nicole, LaKesha, and Paul. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Fisk University, a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Miami, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Florida Memorial University.