Missouri State University to award actor John Goodman honorary degree
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor John Goodman arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Trouble With The Curve' premiere at Regency Village Theatre on September 19, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) By Jason Merritt
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actor John Goodman arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Argo" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University will award an honorary degree next May to actor and alumnus John Goodman.
The St. Louis native and 1975 graduate of the school then called Southwest Missouri State University will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities at the spring commencement.
Goodman was nominated for the honor by the faculty senate and Missouri State president Clif Smart. The Board of Governors approved the nomination Friday.
University officials say Goodman been a strong supporter of the Springfield school, speaking to students and classes, donating to scholarships and supporting both athletic and theater activities.
The university also noted Goodman’s work and contributions on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where he now lives.