During Sunday's graduation ceremony, where more than 1,400 students received their diplomas, Sheen was given the college's highest award -- a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Sheen received a large chorus of cheers when UD Interim Provost Paul Benson handed him his degree.
“It’s like being canonized,” Sheen said, causing laughter to echo within the arena. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’m deeply moved.”
Sheen was born in Dayton in 1940 and grew up on Brown Street in the historic South Park neighborhood.