Temple Grandin to receive honorary doctorate from SUNY Cobleskill

Jan. 25—SUNY Cobleskill announced Thursday that the college plans to award an honorary doctorate of science to Dr. Temple Grandin, who is slated to deliver the keynote address during commencement this year.

Grandin is a world-renowned scientist, inventor and innovative animal behaviorist, who is also widely recognized for her autism advocacy.

Her innovative work includes improving livestock treatment through the design of humane handling facilities, including SUNY Cobleskill's.

Facilities designed to her specifications are located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries, according to a news release.

In North America, almost half of all beef cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants, and her writings on the principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people reduce stress on their animals during handling.

Open and unreserved about her personal challenges and breakthroughs with autism, along with her role as a preeminent professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Grandin has used her platform to share her expertise widely, inspiring countless others to pursue careers dealing with animal welfare and neurodiversity in humans.

"Dr. Grandin's commitment to improving the lives of others has earned her not only respect within her fields of expertise but also admiration as a compassionate and forward-thinking leader," SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion Terenzio said in a statement. "The conferment of SUNY Cobleskill's 2024 Honorary Doctorate of Science further acknowledges Dr. Grandin's exceptional contributions and dedication to shaping a more empathetic and informed world. Her transformative work in animal science and autism advocacy exemplifies the values we strive to instill in our graduates, making her a source of inspiration for our entire academic community."

SUNY Cobleskill's 106th Commencement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, outdoors adjacent to the Neal Robbins Field House.