The University of Santo Domingo (UASD) honored Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., with an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities, on October 6, 2016. In a ceremony marked by academic processions and congratulatory remarks, the UASD conferred the honorary degree in recognition of the President’s contribution to Dominican, Caribbean and Dominican Diaspora literature.
The writings for which the President was honored make up a collection of literature that can be found on the College website link here. President De Filippis commented that "I am deeply moved by the recognition of my literary work granted by the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). I augur this venerable university, the university of the people and for the people, a future that is generous in its continued exercise of good teaching and learning for all who come through its doors."
On campus and in the town, academic protocols were followed by festivities in observance of the honor bestowed on President De Filippis. Deans, faculty and administrators at the University shared the hosting to mark the presentation of this honor. A commemorative lunch was offered by the Rector in the balcony of the administrative building, and later the Dean of the Faculty in the Humanities sponsored a dinner celebration at a restaurant in Santo Domingo.
In addition to the academic recognition, the honorary doctorate gives President De Filippis a new academic home in the Humanities Department at the UASD.
Founded in 1538, the UASD is the oldest university in the Americas. It is the public university system in the Dominican Republic with its flagship campus in city of Santo Domingo and with regional campuses in many cities of the Republic.