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Mister Rogers honored at Florida alma mater

Fred Rogers
This June 28, 1989 file photo shows Fred Rogers rehearsing the opening of a segment of his children’s television show program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, when Mister Rogers is being honored at his alma mater.

Rollins College in Winter Park has unveiled a bronze sculpture of Fred Rogers.

He well-known to many as Mister Rogers.

The university said the monument, which is 7 feet tall and weighs 3,000 pounds, was designed by Paul Day, a British artist.

According to the university, Rogers is depicted in his signature sweater and sneakers while being surrounded by happy children.

According to the school, the sculpture took over hours to create and was completed in 11 months.

Rogers was a force and embraced his journey being a television star, with kindness and humility.

“He met his wife at Rollins, Sara Joanne Byrd Rogers, for whom the puppet character Queen Sara Saturday is named,” the college said.

Rogers majored in music composition.