When many students receive their diplomas next month from Siena College, Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter will receive a degree as well.

The New York Yankees captain will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his leadership, accomplishments on the baseball field and dedication to improving the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation.

Jeter had this to say about this special honor:

"To be awarded an honorary degree is a very humbling experience for me. I am proud to have a great institution, Siena College, recognize me for what I've accomplished on and off the field.  The partnership between Siena and my Turn 2 Foundation is a testament that what I have done off the field to encourage young people to pursue their educational dreams is worthwhile. I will cherish this degree as highly as any honor I have received or will receive over the years."

Siena's connection with Jeter is through 1997 Alumnus Geoff Walker who is good friends with Jeter and founder of a consulting company that works closley with the school and the Turn 2 Foundation.

Unfortunately for all the Yankee fans in the area including myself, Jeter will not make it to the commencement ceremony on May 13th at the Times Union Center as he will be at the Stadium taking on the Seattle Mariners. Jeter's sister and President of the Turn 2 Foundation will accept on his behalf. A prerecorded message from the Captain will be played during the ceremony.