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2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Becker College awards honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who merit our highest recognition by attaining achievements of extraordinary and lasting distinction and demonstrating personal and professional qualities that are consistent with the mission and values of Becker College: outstanding humanitarian or public service in the global arena, in our nation, or in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; exceptional contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; creativity and innovation in any field that has enriched lives; and support of our College.

Cherylann Gengel
Co-Founder and Treasurer, Be Like Brit

Cherylann GengelCherylann Gengel has devoted more than 25 years to her marriage to husband, Len Gengel, and raising three children. She and her husband formerly owned the popular Grand Slam Café in Rutland, Mass., together, where they hosted many events for Boston Red Sox players.

In 2010, the Gengels redirected their lives to focus on founding the 19,000-square-foot Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti. The mission they created for the orphanage is “to serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing, and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn, and thrive,” and to raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti. They dedicated themselves to building the orphanage to honor the last wish of their daughter, Britney, who died in the tragic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010.

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Sheila Harrity, Ed.D.
Prinicpal, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, Mass.

Sheila HarritySheila M. Harrity, Ed.D., is the principal of Worcester Technical High School (WTHS), which educates more than 1,300 students.  She has held this position since 2006.

WTHS has seen significant improvements during Dr. Harrity’s tenure. The proficiency levels of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams have increased from 27 percent to 92 percent in English language arts, and from 35 percent to 84 percent in math. In 2008, the school began offering Advanced Placement courses. In 2013, the school’s graduation rate was best in the district—at 95 percent—with 83 percent going on to college.

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