Bridgewater State awards honorary degree to Nieto

Sonia Nieto, professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was awarded an honorary degree by Bridgewater State College at its 163rd spring commencement on May 22.

Nieto, who gave the commencement address, was cited for her work on intercultural relations. A teacher for 35 years, Nieto’s research focuses on multicultural education, the education of Latinos, immigrants and other culturally and linguistically diverse students, and Puerto Rican children’s literature. She is considered a leading expert on diversity issues.

In February, Nieto received the Mary Hudson Onley Award during the Massachusetts Hall of Black Achievement’s Heritage Celebration held at Bridgewater State. Named after the school’s first graduate of color, the Onley Award honors an individual who has had outstanding success in a chosen profession.

Nieto, who earned her doctorate through the School of Education, also holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree from New York University.