LEICESTER, Mass. — Judge Greg Mathis will deliver the keynote address at Becker College’s 225th commencement ceremony in May, where he will also be awarded an honorary doctorate for his contributions to public service.
The commencement be held at 11 a.m. on May 11, at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, with the event capping Becker’s year-long celebration of its 225th Commencement anniversary.
Mathis is a retired Michigan judge and has a syndicated television reality court show, "Judge Mathis."
In line with the event's focus on "Celebrating a History of Changing Lives," Becker College will be bestowing upon Judge Mathis an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters for his commitment to advocating for equal justice and his career of public service.
“Judge Mathis’s journey from his troubled youth on the streets of Detroit to his distinguished career as a judge, television host, and philanthropist is an inspiring tale of individual achievement and social responsibility,” said Becker College President Robert E. Johnson. “At Becker, we believe there is no limit to the heights that can be reached by individuals who refuse to accept limits and insist on the pursuit of opportunity. Judge Mathis is the personification of that vision.”
In addition to hosting his award-winning television show, Mathis has been dedicated to offering youth second chances and spreads his message of empowerment and equal justice as he speaks to audiences all across the country. His national education and youth crusades have attracted tens of thousands of parents and students throughout America.
In his efforts to reach out to youth both in and outside of the courtroom, Mathis and his wife, Linda, have assisted thousands of youth with their non-profit agency Young Adults Asserting Themselves, an outreach initiative that provides youth ages 17-25 with career and job opportunities as well as job training and college enrollment assistance.
They have also opened five non-profit preschools in the inner city of Detroit, while continuing to raise funds for a variety of equal justice political and youth causes.
Mathis received his bachelor of science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1987. He also received honorary doctorate degrees from Florida A&M University and Eastern Michigan University.