Business Leader Caren Beardmore Hamilton Awarded Honorary Degree
Caren “Carey” Beardmore Hamilton received an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Bellevue University in recognition of her longtime service to the university and to the community during a hooding ceremony held on Friday, June 4.
Hamilton, a Bellevue native, is President of Beardmore Chevrolet in Bellevue, and co-owner of nine new-car franchises in Bellevue, Grand Island and Kearney, Nebraska. Carey Hamilton and her husband, Brian Hamilton, are longtime supporters and advocates for communities where their businesses operate.
Hamilton, whose father, Moe, served five years on Bellevue University’s Board of Directors, joined the university's Board in 1997 and serves as chair of the Board’s Nominations Committee. To honor her parents, she established the Maurice Y. and Patricia Beardmore Scholarship, which benefits students pursuing business-related bachelor’s degrees.
“Today we recognize Bellevue native Caren ‘Carey’ Beardmore Hamilton for her many contributions to business, her community, higher education and the Nebraska Good Life,” Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins said during the ceremony.
Hamilton has been a member of Bellevue University’s Board of Directors since 1997. The Hamiltons have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommision.org).