Bellarmine to award honorary degrees to Kentucky, Indiana governors

Bellarmine University will present honorary degrees to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels at the university’s spring commencement ceremony.

A news release from the university said the degrees are being presented in recognition of the two leaders’ “regional partnership, civil public discourse and bipartisan cooperation for the benefit of all citizens.”

The Kentucky Democrat and the Indiana Republican will each receive an honorary doctor of law degree at May 12 commencement exercises. Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, Bellarmine’s president, said the two governors have “set a standard for effective governance that all government leaders and everyone in politics, media and society would do well to emulate.”

Beshear was elected the 61st governor of Kentucky in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. Daniels won election as the 49th governor of Indiana in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008.

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