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LMU to welcome Philippine president with honorary degree

President Barack Obama greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino upon arrival at Sunnylands estate for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on February 15, 2016 in Rancho Mirage, California. On Wednesday, Aquino will visit Loyola Marymount University to accept an honorary degree.
President Barack Obama greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino upon arrival at Sunnylands estate for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on February 15, 2016 in Rancho Mirage, California. On Wednesday, Aquino will visit Loyola Marymount University to accept an honorary degree.
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino will visit Loyola Marymount University Wednesday to accept an honorary degree. 

LMU President Timothy Law Snyder said that the school is celebrating the leader with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his integrity, his service to his country and embodying a Jesuit education.

"We seek to educate women and men for and with others... people who throughout their lives seek to promote justice," Snyder told KPCC. "We think President Aquino very well represents that style of life for others."

The son of former President Corazon Aquino and Sen. Benigno Aquino, he’s the 15th president of the Philippines. Snyder in particular commended Aquino’s work to battle corruption in the Southeast Asian country.

"He's been celebrated within the Philippines for the ways in which he has combated corruption, and I think he's brought a lot of happiness to many lives and persons there,” said Snyder. “If you look at a sort of before and after related to President Aquino's leadership, you see a much a better situation there."

Snyder noted that the school’s Pacific Islander and Asian community are particularly excited, and that the ceremony is part of LMU’s effort to expand its students’ horizons. 

“The world that the students will be entering even in four, five years in terms of its globalization is going to be markedly different from the one in which we live even now,” Snyder said. “So we seek to prepare our students as best we can for that world, and also take advantage of our location in Los Angeles.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Congresswoman Judy Chu are expected to attend Wednesday’s ceremony.