Henry Winkler, the actor, director, producer and children's author, best known for his portrayal of The Fonz on the TV sitcom Happy Days, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and will deliver the commencement address at the New England Institute of Technology, in Warwick.
The title of Winkler's speech is "If You Will It, It Is Not a Dream."
Happy Days, which also starred Ron Howard, is still being shown on cable TV, some 30 years after its original run. Winkler is currently starring in the Wednesday night series Out of Practice on CBS.
Winkler writes books that are based on his life as a dyslexic child. His 10th book in the series, Hank Zipzer, The World's Greatest Underachiever, comes out in August.
He is one of two slated to receive honorary degrees at New England Tech's commencement, scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 7, in the Rhode Island Convention Center. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his work in community and public service.
Avedisian was the youngest person elected to Warwick City Council and the youngest elected as mayor of Warwick. Sixteen years ago, he began serving on the board of St. Mary's Home for Children, the state's largest residential and outpatient treatment facility for children who have been abused or have behavior disorders.