Mayor Menino gets honorary Harvard degree, hangs with Oprah

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Mayor Thomas Menino with Harvard President Drew Faust before the university’s commencement.
Credit: Mayor’s office

Mayor Thomas Menino may not be looking forward to Friday, when he’s scheduled to have prostate surgery, but he sure seems to be enjoying today. 

Menino was awarded an honorary degree by Harvard University during the school’s commencement Thursday. If that wasn’t enough, he has also been hanging with Oprah Winfrey, the popular TV personality, who delivered the commencement address.

Menino’s office tweeted pictures of him with Harvard President Drew Faust before Thursday’s ceremony and also of him at a dinner Wednesday night with Winfrey. Menino, who was awarded a doctor of laws honorary degree, said he was “honored” to be at Harvard’s commencement.

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Mayor Thomas Menino with Oprah Winfrey at an honorees dinner before Harvard’s commencement.
Credit: Mayor’s office

Before becoming mayor, Menino dropped out of Boston College night school. He eventually earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston at age 45.

Menino, 70, was expected to have surgery Friday on his enlarged prostate. His doctor told the Globe that it is not cancerous.

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