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Bethune-Cookman University Recognizes City of Daytona Beach Mayor, Derrick L. Henry Sr. During Spring 2017 Commencement



Mayor Derrick Henry Will Receive An Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree From B-CU 

Daytona Beach, Fla.- B-CU will have over 350 expected graduates walk across the stage on May 10, 2017 at the Ocean Center (101 N. Atlantic Avenue). During the ceremony, City of Daytona Beach Mayor, Derrick L. Henry Sr. will be presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Mayor Henry is currently serving his second term as Mayor of Daytona Beach after winning the 2016 primary election. In addition, he has contributed to the local history of Daytona as one of two African-American mayors. 

Through his work, Mayor Henry has made a positive impact in the City of Daytona Beach through youth mentorship programming, reduction of unemployment rates, increase in property values, decrease in crime rates and upgrades across the cities infrastructures. 

Moreover, Mayor Henry has given his time through educational learning programs and international education consulting. As executive director of Step-by-Step Expressions, Inc., Mayor Henry provides innovative programs that offer training for students and teachers. He is also the school-based administrator for the Putnam County School district and remains a certified educator.  

Mayor Henry is a 1991 graduate of Rollins College and received his master’s degree from Stetson University in 2004. Additionally, he is a former teacher, assistant principal and high basketball coach at Mainland High School. In 1998, Mayor Henry was recognized as Volusia County’s Social Studies “Teacher of the Year.” He is the husband of Dr. Stephanie Henry, a Bethune-Cookman University graduate and a father to his daughter and two sons. 

For more information, contact Ursula James, Assistant Director of Communications, 386-481-2975 or

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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