We interrupt your usual dose of Albany political coverage to bring you some other news from the upper Hudson Valley: Derek Jeter is about to get a new title.
Siena College, a liberal arts school in the Albany suburb of Loudonville, will confer an honorary doctorate on the New York Yankees’ captain at its commencement ceremony in May, honoring the shortstop for his charitable work. The college announced its intentions today, and said Jeter will be heard through a video at the ceremony at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Jeter’s sister will accept the degree. Siena will provide two grants to students who participate in one of the programs run by Jeter’s charity, the Turn 2 Foundation.
“To be awarded an honorary degree is a very humbling experience for me. I am proud to have a great institution, Siena College, recognize me for what I’ve accomplished on and off the field,” Jeter said in a statement.