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EIU will give Saints' Payton honorary doctorate

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 3:01 am •  Published: May 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will receive an honorary Ph.D. from Eastern Illinois University during the school's spring commencement Saturday.

The school says Payton will be given an honorary doctorate of public service. Payton is a 1987 graduate of Eastern Illinois and played quarterback on the school's football team.

Eastern says 1,300 students will graduate during ceremonies Saturday at Lantz Arena on the Charleston campus.