The Naval Academy will be honoring Horatio Magellan Crunch with an honorary PhD degree at its annual commencement ceremony this year. Just who is Horatio Magellan Crunch? You may know him better as Cap’n Crunch. Yes, that Cap’n Crunch, who has been piloting and navigating Quaker Oats’ breakfast cereal of the same name since 1963.
Mr. Crunch will receive a degree in seamanship for his iconic portrayal of a children’s breakfast cereal character. When asked how he felt about receiving this honorary degree, the Cap issued the following statement, “I am extremely honored, humbled and excited about receiving this degree. I look forward to attending the ceremony with all my loved ones in attendance.”
There has been a bit of controversy regarding his rank as some have pointed out that he’s technically a commander. Mr. Crunch defended himself by maintaining he is the captain of the S.S. Guppy, and it appears that the Academy is standing behind its decision. It’s not known whether or not there will be crunch berries in attendance, but all graduating students were asked to bring their own bowls and milk.