The University of New Haven reports that Ted Kennedy, Jr. will receive an honorary doctorate at its morning commencement ceremony at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on May 19. Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the event.
A lawyer and advocate for people with disabilities, Kennedy is thought to be hunting for a Congressional seat. A Connecticut resident, he also owns property in Massachusetts.
The New York Times Magazine, in an article by Mark Leibovich, reported in March that Kennedy was ready to reclaim his family legacy:
He speaks in the patrician New England accent and nasal-honking intonations that conjure his father. He kept saying things like “I am entering a new phase of my life” and “I come from a family of public servants,” and it was perfectly clear what Ted Jr. had called me here to discuss. After a lifetime of entreaties, many from his father, the oldest son of Edward M. Kennedy was now, at 51, prepared to join the family business. In the musty parlance of his heritage, he was being “called to service.”