Tito Jackson to receive honorary doctorate from alma mater

Tito Jackson ran for mayor in 2017. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Tito Jackson ran for mayor in 2017.

Voters decided last fall that former Boston city councilor Tito Jackson won’t go by the title of mayor, but his college alma mater is giving him a different designation: doctorate.

On Saturday, Jackson will be one of three people to receive an honorary degree at the University of New Hampshire commencement ceremonies.

In addition to Jackson, honorary degree recipients include Margaret Shea, the first woman to earn an advanced degree in physics from UNH, and LL Bean chairman Shawn Gorman, who is also serving as the commencement speaker.


Jackson served as student body president at UNH before graduating in 1999. The university also credits Jackson with helping to revive the Black Student Union on campus.

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He went on to serve in former governor Deval Patrick’s administration and as a city councilor. Jackson challenged Mayor Martin J. Walsh last year and lost by more than 30 percentage points.

He will receive a Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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