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A Michigan Catholic university is giving Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy an honorary degree this May.

Siena Heights University has announced it will give the Ukrainian head an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his authority during the Russian invasion. The school was founded in Adrian by Catholic Dominican Sisters. The honorary degree will be given out during the May 7 and 8 commencement ceremonies.

“The suffering, anguish, death and separation that the people of Ukraine have experienced is unconscionable,” Siena Heights University President Sister Peg Albert said in a statement. “Through all of this, Zelenskyy has resolutely defended his country and forged forward to preserve his nation and all that it stands for. His heart-felt compassion and unwavering courage are not witnessed too often in our world today.”

Zelenskyy has been president of Ukraine since 2019. Many colleges across the U.S. are also giving him honorary degrees, including Bard College, Canisius College and Alvernia University.

These College Programs in Michigan Are the Best in America

  • U.S. News & World Report's latest graduate rankings

    Here are where Michigan and Michigan State ranked in the latest U.S. News & World Report. Below are the areas where the schools ranked highest.

  • University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan

    The School of Social Work ranked No. 1.

  • University of Michigan

    The School of Public Health ranked No. 6.

  • University of Michigan

    The School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 7., and its master’s degree program ranked No. 8.

  • University of Michigan

    The School of Education ranked No. 8.

  • University of Michigan

    The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ranked No. 8.

  • University of Michigan

    The College of Engineering ranked No. 9.

  • University of Michigan

    The Law School ranked No. 10.

  • University of Michigan

    The Medical School’s research program ranked No. 17, and its primary-care program ranked No. 20.

  • University of Michigan

    The Stephen M. Ross School of Business ranked No. 10.

  • Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University

  • The Michigan State University College of Education has eight graduate programs ranked in the top 20:

    No. 1 — Curriculum and instruction
    No. 1 — Elementary education
    No. 1 — Secondary education
    No. 2 — Educational administration and supervision
    No. 2 — Higher education administration
    No. 6 — Educational psychology
    No. 8 — Education policy
    No. 12 — Special education

  • The Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business has three graduate programs ranked in the top 20:

    No. 1 — Supply chain/logistics
    No. 9 — Production/operations
    No. 20 — International business

  • Other MSU graduate programs ranked in the top 20:

    No. 2 — Industrial organizational psychology.

  • Other MSU graduate programs ranked in the top 20:

    No. 12 — Biological and agricultural engineering.

  • Other MSU graduate programs ranked in the top 20:

    No. 16 — Econometrics.

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