Peabody Award-winning comedian Jonathan Katz receives honorary doctorate from Goddard College
PLAINFIELD, VT — Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor Jonathan Katz received an honorary doctorate at Goddard College’s September commencement ceremony during which 15 graduates earned master’s degrees in psychology and clinical mental health counseling.
A 1971 graduate of Goddard College, Katz is known for his Emmy-winning voice work on the long-running animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, for which he and Tom Snyder won the Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting.
Katz, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, has been an advocate for people with disabilities. He is an MS Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which recognized him with the Gift of Laughter Award in 2006.
Goddard President Robert P. Kenny presented Katz with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in areas related to the humanities and who have a strong connection to Goddard College.
“Jonathan’s lifelong work as an award-winning comedian, actor, voice actor, and public speaker, exemplifies the highest values of Goddard College,” Goddard President Robert P. Kenny said. “The courage that he’s shown and the many ways he’s taken action in the world to enact change is at the heart of a Goddard education.”
Katz attended Goddard’s undergraduate residential program with playwright David Mamet, with whom he remains close friends. He co-wrote the story with Mamet for the film House of Games with Mamet and had roles in the Mamet-directed films Things Change, Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner, and State and Main. His additional credits include acting roles in the feature films The Truth About Lies (2015) and Daddy Day Care (2013), voice work on the animated series Bob’s Burgers and Explosion Bus, and production of the popular podcast Hey We’re Back.
ABOUT GODDARD COLLEGE. Initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont, Goddard College moved to its current Plainfield campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first U.S. college to offer low-residency adult degree programs. Goddard now offers accredited MA, MFA, BA, and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, and from sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington. The low-residency education model offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.