Allan Bense lived out of his car for a portion of his last semester as a business graduate student at Florida State University.

“That was a tough point at FSU, but it certainly helped make me a better person,” Bense said, laughing about how he shaved and showered at the Tully Gym on campus.

But that didn’t close out his long-standing relationship with the university, and it’s something he hasn’t forgotten 44 years later as he prepares to accept an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his two-time alma mater.

Doctor, doctor: Former House Speaker Allan Bense will be recognized with an honorary doctorate by his alma mater FSU, which will include a speech by his son-in-law, Will Weatherford.

The Republican former Florida House Speaker and accomplished businessman will be presented with the degree during an invitation-only ceremony on Monday.

“I’m extremely honored, and I was shocked,” said Bense, who had previously chaired the FSU Board of Trustees.

Will Weatherford, another former House Speaker (and Bense’s son-in-law), will speak at the ceremony. Ed Burr, the current Board chair, also will give remarks.

The honor typically recognizes people who have made scholarly or

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