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U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) recently received an honorary doctorate from Coastal Carolina University (CCU).  During a special ceremony on September 10, 2011 at CCU’s Wall Auditorium, Rogers received the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service for dedicating 31 years of service as a Member of Congress.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious doctorate from Coastal Carolina University,” said Rogers. “I essentially have two jobs, the concentrated work I do for the people of Southern and Eastern Kentucky and the role I serve to our great nation. Partnerships are vital to progress and it has been a pleasure to work with leaders from South Carolina and the University.”

“We are pleased to honor Congressman Rogers for his role as an ambassador for economic development, job creation, and preservation of the nation’s treasured lands.” said David A. DeCenzo, President of Coastal Carolina University. “The University is grateful for his efforts in strengthening our nation’s fiscal integrity and national security, as well as his ardent support of agriculture and building transportation systems that have had a direct impact on our state and our region.”  

Located in Conway, South Carolina, CCU is a liberal arts university with approximate 8,700 students in over 55 areas of study.   CCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree and master's degree.  With the conferring of this Doctor of Public Service degree, Rogers has received seven honorary degrees.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit