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  • Berklee College of Music to Offer Honorary Doctorates to Carole King, Willie Nelson + Annie Lennox

    Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:55:13

    Berklee College of Music to Offer Honorary Doctorates to Carole King, Willie Nelson + Annie Lennox - Congrats!

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    • Carole King - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Jessie Mueller attends the presentation for the 8th Annual Actors' Equity Association 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus to 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical' at Actors Equity on June 17, 2014 in New York City.
    • Carole King - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: AEA's David Westphal, Marc Bruni, Paul Blake, Mike Bosner, Douglas McGrath and AEA staff attend the presentation for the 8th Annual Actors' Equity Association 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus to 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical' at Actors Equity on June 17, 2014 in New York City.

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    That's Dr. King, Dr. Nelson and Dr. Lennox, to you.

    Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown will present Carole King, Willie Nelson, and Annie Lennox with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee's commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 11, at the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena at Boston University. Commencement speaker Annie Lennox will address more than 900 Berklee graduates, their parents, and invited guests.

    This year's honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influence in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Dizzy Gillespie, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Juan Luis Guerra, Loretta Lynn, Paco de Lucía, David Bowie, The Edge, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Chaka Khan, Bonnie Raitt, George Clinton, Alison Krauss, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

    On commencement eve, as is Berklee's tradition, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers at the Agganis. The concert and ceremony are not open to the public.

    Hey, we can still celebrate by referring to King, Nelson and Lennox as "doctors."

    Who is your favorite of the trio of honorary doctorates?

    —Carly Costello
    03.25.13



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