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From Hyde Park to Harvard Yard: Menino to receive honorary degree from prestigious college

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Thomas M. Menino dropped out of Boston College night school as a young man in the early 1960s, defending his decision on grounds that — after all — his political idol, Harry S. Truman, didn’t go to college either. It wasn’t until Menino’s daughter graduated from college in 1988 that he earned a bachelor’s degree.

But on Thursday, Boston’s longest-serving mayor will receive an honorary degree from one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, Harvard University, according to a person with direct knowledge of the award.

A few other Boston mayors have been bestowed the honor. The most recent, in 1964, was Mayor John F. Collins, a proponent of urban renewal who built Government Center after the razing of the West End and Scollay Square.

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