Martin Sheen receives honorary degree from UD

Famous actor Martin Sheen's list of accomplishments include several Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Prime Time Emmy Awards, and now, an honorary degree from the University of Dayton.

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.

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