New York Yankees shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Siena College during the school's May 13 commencement ceremony at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
Siena chose to give the degree to Jeter because of his accomplishments and leadership on the field, as well as his dedication to promoting healthy lifestyles among children and teenagers through his Turn 2 Foundation.
In a statement from Jeter, the 37 year-old shortstop was humbled by Siena and said he "will cherish this degree as highly as any honor I have received or will receive."
That is a big statement from the 12-time All-Star, as he has piled up many awards in the past including Rookie of the Year, five Gold Gloves, two Hank Aaron Awards, four Silver Sluggers, a World Series MVP, an All-Star Game MVP, and a Roberto Clemente Award.
The Yankees are playing the Seattle Mariners on May 13, so Jeter will have a video message played at the ceremony since he will not be able to make it. His sister and president of the Turn 2 Foundation, Sharlee Jeter, will accept the award on his behalf.
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