Mark Emmert at podium in Rosary Hall parlor

In his first visit to a college campus since March 2020, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert was conferred an honorary doctoral degree by Daemen College during a visit to its Amherst campus. 

Emmert also conducted a town hall with Daemen’s Division II student-athletes, who posed questions on the history and operations of the NCAA, mental health support for athletes and the future of college sports. 

“The part of my job I enjoy the most is when I get to be around and talk to students,” Emmert told attendees in Lumsden Gymnasium. “I haven’t had a chance to do this since COVID started, and I miss it.” 

“He’s a true role model to our students and all of us,” said President Gary Olson, in awarding Emmert an honorary doctorate in an intimate Rosary Hall ceremony. 

“You will always be a part of our campus, our community and are always welcome at Daemen,” added Olson, who has served on the Board of Governors of the NCAA, which represents 19,500 teams and nearly half a million college athletes. 

“As someone who has spent the vast majority of my life in higher education, this truly means a great deal,” Emmert said. “I appreciate this honor immensely.”