North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, Mass., will honor city Police Com­mis­sioner Ed Davis III with an hon­orary degree at the school’s com­mence­ment cer­e­mony Friday.

Davis is accepting the honor on behalf of Boston Marathon bombing first respon­ders, the uni­ver­sity said, including public safety offi­cials, emer­gency med­ical per­sonnel, stu­dents and marathon run­ners. Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick will read the hon­orary degree at the ceremony.

In a press release, North­eastern described why the school wanted to honor Davis and the first responders:

They saved lives and soothed spirits in med­ical tents and in hos­pi­tals, devoted long hours of inves­tiga­tive work to iden­tify the sus­pects, and per­sisted in putting them­selves in harm’s way to appre­hend them.

Their for­ti­tude, com­mit­ment, and con­fi­dence spread across our region, engen­dering in our city and com­mu­nity a lasting sense of pride, strength, and unity. Ulti­mately, they showed America and the world what it means to be “Boston Strong.”

Read the article at Huffington Post →