Aaron Rodgers given honorary doctorate degree from Medical College of Wisconsin

NOW: Aaron Rodgers given honorary doctorate degree from Medical College of Wisconsin

GREEN BAY, Wis., (CBS 58) -- The Medical College of Wisconsin bestowed an honorary doctorate of humanities degree to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers Thursday for his commitment to end childhood cancer and blood disorders.

One of the highest honors that an educational institution can award is an honorary degree. Rodgers’ was bestowed the honorary degree in recognition for his exemplary commitment to improve health for children facing cancer.

“It is with great pride that we welcome Aaron to the MCW community. Honorary degree recipients exemplify the MCW commitment to the highest standards of education, scholarship, innovation or community engagement,” said Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., president and chief operating officer of MCW. “When conferring an honorary degree, we honor those individuals in our community who have embraced our ideals and have dedicated a substantial portion of their lives to bettering the world around them.”

The honor recognizes Rodgers’ substantial contributions to fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders. He has helped raise $2.8 million dollars for research impacting thousands of lives.

MCW credits Rodgers with increasing philanthropic support for the MACC Fund, enabling it to make meaningful financial contributions to MCW and its partner, CHW. 

“MCW’s conferral of an honorary degree on Aaron Rodgers not only honors this extraordinary individual, but also the MACC Fund’s special relationship with the Medical College of Wisconsin,” said Jon McGlocklin, co-founder and president of the MACC Fund.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has granted nearly $350,000 in support of impact grant for scholarship, curriculum development for MCW-GB, and other MCW initiatives.

In summer 2015, MCW’s newly established Green Bay campus welcomed its first class. Now, after completing the three-year accelerated curriculum, these students graduate medical school and continue their journeys in residency, a historic milestone that marks a significant step forward in improving the health of the Wisconsin community.

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