Being neighbors with Fred Rogers isn't enough for West Virginia University. The school also wants to give him an honorary degree.
"We look for individuals who have outstanding achievements in their respected fields," said provost Tom La Belle. "He's a special human being."Rogers has been host of the children's public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" since 1968. The show is produced at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, about 75 miles north of Morgantown, W.Va.
Hedda Sharapan, an associate producer for the show, said the 67-year-old Rogers has received nearly 30 honorary degrees and looked forward to each one.
"The delight for him in this is that he's around not only people who are graduating from West Virginia University but that he's around graduates of `Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' " Sharapan said Wednesday.