BOSTON — After leading Butler to unprecedented success as their head coach, Brad Stevens will always have a soft spot for the school.
That feeling is mutual as the school plans to give Stevens an honorary doctorate at the university's commencement ceremony on May 10.
He will be honored with Bulldog alum Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner ('76).
During his six seasons as Butler's head coach, Stevens led the Bulldogs to a pair of National Championship games, four Horizon league regular season titles, three league tournament titles and five trips to the postseason.
The Celtics hired Stevens away from Butler in July.
"We didn’t have a formal opportunity to thank Brad or celebrate the many contributions he made to the Butler community,” Butler President James M. Danko said in a statement. “So for us, this will be that chance. Brad was a dedicated member of the Butler community for more than a dozen years, and still maintains close ties to the University. It is wholly appropriate that we honor him at Commencement with his first Butler degree.”