Sagrado will Confer Two Honorary Degrees during Graduation in 2022

Nelson Hernández Román will be recognized as Professor Emeritus, and Miguel Zenón as Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa.

Miguel Zenón (right) and Nelson Hernández Román

By Integrated Communications

The Board of Trustees of Sagrado Corazón University will confer two honorary degrees at
Graduation 2022, the president of the institution, Gilberto Marxuach-Torrós, announced today.

Professor Emeritus

During the ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, June 12, Nelson Hernández Román,
professor of humanities and history with 42 years of distinguished career at Sagrado, will be
recognized as professor emeritus.

“During his career as an educator, Nelson touched the lives of thousands of students with his enthusiasm and dedication. He contributed significantly to curricular innovation with the design of humanities and history courses in the distance learning mode, as well as the creation of the courses Science through History; History, Music, and Society; and The History of Pacifist Ideas,” Marxuach-Torrós said.

Hernández Román promoted research and academic exchange through his multiple presentations on topics and historical figures, in addition to standing out for his mentorship to students and colleagues.

“His dedication has been a model for our entire university community, which in 2019 recognized him with the Award for Excellence in Teaching,” the president added to inSagrado.

Doctor Honoris Causa

On the other hand, an honorary doctorate in Arts will be awarded to Miguel Zenón for his
outstanding career as a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and cultural manager; distinguishing
himself on the international stage for his interpretation of Puerto Rican traditional music.

According to the National Foundation for Popular Culture, his musical productions Esta Plena and Alma Adentro received nominations for Grammy Awards. He is also the only Puerto Rican musician who has been a recipient of two very prestigious awards: the Guggenheim and the McArthur scholarships. Through the McArthur scholarship, known as “the genius grant,” he developed the Caravana Cultural project in order to expose hundreds of young people and adults to jazz for the first time in rural areas of the Island.”

Zenón will celebrate this distinction, together with the university community and the general
public, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Emilio S. Belaval Theater. Those
interested in attending this special activity must make a reservation on or before Monday, May
30 at

“Each one has stood out for his commitment to leave behind a better society through his actions for the benefit of new generations. Their moral integrity, intellectual contributions, and ability to transcend through their actions have led us to confer on them the highest honors on the part of Sagrado,” the president concluded.

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