Western Washington University has handed out its first honorary doctorate degree, and it went to Jane Lubchenco, chief administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a celebrated marine scientist, WWU says.
Lubchenco has held the top post at NOAA since 2009, becoming the first woman and the first marine ecologist to do so.
The Legislature, earlier this year, gave WWU the OK to grant honorary doctoral degrees to recognize outstanding achievement in arts, letters, sciences, or the professions, or for service in education, government or humanitarian endeavors.
Lubchenco received the honorary doctorate degree at fall commencement earlier this month.
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