Telemundo anchor and leading figure in Spanish journalism Maria Celeste Arraras has been awarded an Honoris Causa degree from the Universidad Central de Bayamon in Puerto Rico.
The 'Al Rojo Vivo' show anchor, whose career spans just over three decades, was given the honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities in recognition for her arduous philanthropic work in causes such as animal protection, planet conservation and more recently, for her efforts in bringing aid to several communities in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria's devastating aftermath.
"Maria Celeste Arraras has been able to elevate Puerto Rico's name to a higher ground," said Dr. Lilliana Negron Colon, Universidad Central de Bayamon President. "She is one of the first people who, from the beginning, spared no effort in bringing aid to her brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico by leading 'La Flota de la Esperanza' (Fleet of Hope) into the island, and for us it's an honor to present her with this distinct award."
"Today I received one of the most exciting recognitions of my life," wrote Arraras on her Instagram account. "95 percent of the students at Universidad Central de Bayamon live under the poverty line and all of them graduated in spite of the adversities they lived due to Hurricane Maria. They are a true example of tenacity and I admire them all. I feel honored with a capital 'H.'"
A total of 253 graduating students received their degrees from Universidad Central de Bayamon. Twenty-seven associates, 156 bachelors and 70 master's degrees were awarded.