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Stevie Wonder was recognized with an honorary doctorate, just two miles away from Motown's Hitsville, where many of his iconic hits were recorded. On behalf of Wayne State University in Michigan, Stevie Wonder was honored with the class of 2022 with an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters. Wonder additionally delivered a commencement speech at the graduation where he praised his educational upbringing at schools such as Detroit Fitzgerald Elementary and Lansing's School for the Blind. Speaking of his degree, Wonder said, But most of all, it belongs to you, Detroit, because you allowed me, by embracing me, to really have the opportunity of discovery.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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About 20 years ago, Christopher Bridges decided to drop out of college at Georgia State University to pursue a musical career in rap. Now, one of the most respected and well-known rappers of all time, Bridges, best known as Ludacris, is joining the class of 2022 with an honorary bachelor's degree in the same school he once dropped out of. Georgia State University awarded Ludacris a bachelor's degree in Music Management to commend his successes. GSU, I am home right now, Ludacris said in his graduation speech, I owe Georgia State University a great debt because you helped me arrive at me.
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Best known for her work on the television shows Black-ish and Grown-ish and for her activism for voting and women's rights, 22-year-old Yara Shahidi has graduated from Harvard University this year with dual bachelor's degrees in Sociology and African American Studies. It's surreal to have finally hit this major milestone, Yara told Vogue , By 17, I knew exactly what I wanted to study, so to see that come to fruition is a goal fulfilled. Shahidi is hoping to focus on passion projects post-graduation.
Sources: ET Online, E News, Wikipedia
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