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WNBA star Tamika Catchings receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Martin University

Martin University in Indianapolis, Indiana held its 52nd commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the Fr. Boniface Hardin Gathertorium.


During the commencement, 27 undergraduate students received bachelor’s degrees in assorted fields, such as Criminal Justice, Biology, and Business Administration while 21 were awarded master’s degrees in Community Psychology and Urban Ministry Studies. In addition to confirming degrees to graduates, Martin University will confer honorary doctorates to Tamika D. Catchings and DuJuan A. McCoy.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to recognize our students’ outstanding accomplishments, especially with recent challenges due to the pandemic,” said Dr. Sean Huddleston, President of Martin University. “We are also delighted to honor Tamika D. Catchings and DuJuan A. McCoy, both of whom are exemplary icons and community leaders.”

Tamika D. Catchings is the WNBA’s only player ever to spend an entire career of 16 or more seasons with the same franchise – the Indiana Fever. She played in every playoff game in Fever history through the time of her retirement. Her being awarded the very first ESPN Humanitarian Award (2015) as well as her 14 years of community service through her Catch The Stars Foundation are testaments to her community work off the basketball court.

She currently serves as director of player programs and franchise development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, a post that keeps her engaged working with all three Pacers franchises: the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, and Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. She operates the cozy Tea’s Me Café and is an ambassador with the NBA and WNBA. Additionally, she serves on a developmental committee with USA Basketball and as an SEC ESPN Women’s Basketball Analyst.

DuJuan A. McCoy is Owner, President & CEO of Circle City Broadcasting, LLC, which owns and operates WISH-TV. He is a native of Indianapolis, growing up in the neighborhood of Haughville. He attended IPS Schools #67 and #75, graduating from Ben Davis High School. He continued his studies at Butler University with a B.S in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Sales.

He began his television career as an Account Executive for WTTV. Over the past 30-plus years, he has worked for various TV ownership groups in different regions of the country including Capitol Broadcasting, River City Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcasting, and Fox Television Stations Group. He amassed an illustrious career growing small, medium, and large market television stations into revenue winners while significantly improving the TV station's profitability and community engagement.

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