As part of its first commencement exercise as Hodges University, the school has announced plans to honor its benefactors, Earl and Thelma Hodges, with honorary doctorate degrees. The graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10th, 2007 at 4:00pm at Germain Arena in Estero, FL.
Long-time entrepreneurs and civic leaders, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges will be presented Doctor’s of Public Service degrees, according to University president, Dr. Terry McMahan.
“One of the many attributes that Earl and Thelma Hodges possess is the reputation they have in our community for their public service works,” said McMahan. “Quietly, but resolutely, they have touched the lives of many through their dedication of both time and financial resources to a variety of charities. I’m sure the community will agree that this recognition is long overdue.”
Last month, the Hodgeses donated $12 million to the University, affecting a name change to Hodges University. The not-for-profit University, established in 1990 as International College, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as other programs which enhance the ability of students to achieve life or career objectives.
Earl and Thelma Hodges have been married for nearly 50 years and have been actively involved in a wide variety of local civic and charitable causes and have been long-time supporters of the institution. The couple has contributed to the capital campaign for the Naples Campus and Earl Hodges serves on the International College Foundation Board.