California State University, Northridge announced today it will confer an honorary doctor of laws degree on business executive and former U.S. Census Bureau Director Vincent Barabba during the university’s commencement ceremonies next month.

Barabba, chairman and founder of Palo Alto-based Market Insight Corp., will receive the degree Thursday, May 24, at the commencement ceremony for the College of Business and Economics.

“Cal State Northridge is proud to honor Vincent Barabba with an honorary degree,” Interim President Harry Hellenbrand said in a statement. “His professional achievements and career have successfully bridged both the public and private sectors.”

Barabba, who graduated from what was then known as San Fernando Valley State College in 1962 with a bachelor’s in marketing, said he was grateful to receive the degree from his alma matter.

Judy Temes