Emerita Professor Sonia Nieto (Ed.D. 1979) received an Honorary Degree from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, at the college’s Commencement ceremony on May 14, 2009.
Shelley B. Wepner, Dean and Professor, Manhattanville College’s College of Education, said that in selecting a recipient of an honorary degree, the College “takes great pride in choosing individuals who exemplify the college's four core values of academic excellence, development of the whole student, creation of a nurturing campus, and a commitment to service.”
Wepner added that the College is “honored to be able to recognize Sonia Nieto for her numerous achievements in education.”
Past recipients of honorary degrees from Manhattanville include Hillary Clinton, Elie Weisel, Maria Shriver, Tom Wolfe, and Jonathan Kozol.
A longtime champion of multicultural education dating back to her teaching days at the Bronx, New York, P.S. 25, the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast, Dr. Nieto is nationally recognized for her work in multicultural and bilingual education and curriculum reform. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Lesley University and Bridgewater State College. She is a recipient of the College of Education’s 2008 Award of Distinction, given to emeriti faculty, alumni or friends who have made significant contributions to the School, its students and their field.