Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Doctorate From Princeton, 3 Other Celebs With Honorary Degrees
Franklin Awarded Honorary Degree
The inimitable Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was once again lauded for her incredible vocal abilities this week. The legendary singer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Princeton University during its 265th commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 5. During the ceremony on the university’s front lawn, Franklin received her 12th honorary doctorate degree from Princeton’s president, Shirley M. Tilghman, in front of 10,000 students and guests.
“President Shirley Tilghman, the trustees, Ms. Brooks, the music department, staff and faculty were all most welcoming, elegant and gracious,” said Franklin of the honor. “I am so pleased and thankful for the most prestigious gift of this honorary degree from this revered and world famous institution of higher learning, Princeton University. And the grace of God that has brought me thus far and grace will lead me on.”
Franklin was among six honorary degree recipients this year who also included Peter Carril, Doctor of Humanities; Eduardo Padrón, Doctor of Laws; Joan Wallach Scott, Doctor of Humane Letters; Joseph Taylor Jr., Doctor of Science; Karen Uhlenbeck, Doctor of Science.
Franklin’s honorary degrees include an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, Yale University, 2010; an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, Berklee College of Music, 2006; an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, The New England Conservatory of Music, 1995; an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Wayne State University, 1990; an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree, The University of Michigan, 1987; and an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree, Bethune-Cookman College, 1975.
While a number of celebs can’t compare to Franklin’s 12 honorary doctorates, several have received doctorates during commencement ceremonies. Check out just a few celebs awarded honorary degrees below. –danielle canada