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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Gets R-E-S-P-E-C-T at Harvard: Watch

The Queen of Soul sang The National Anthem and received an honorary degree from Ivy League school.

Aretha Franklin sang The National Anthem at commencement Thursday at Harvard University, where she also received an honorary degree. (Screenshot: YouTube video)
Aretha Franklin sang The National Anthem at commencement Thursday at Harvard University, where she also received an honorary degree. (Screenshot: YouTube video)

The metro Detroit area’s own Aretha Franklin sang The National Anthem at Harvard University’s commencement Thursday and received an honorary “Doctor of Arts,” her second honorary degree from an Ivy League university.

Franklin was honored along with former President George H.W. Bush, author Isabel Allende and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The Detroit News reports.

In 2012, Princeton University gave her an honorary “Doctor of Music” degree.


Zachary Connors May 30, 2014 at 06:23 AM
I don't understand at all why people are given honorary degrees.
Julie Lattimore May 30, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Why should she be handed a degree? I can't count the articles I've read about her stiffing the good people who do work for her. Nice, honest and caring people should be first in line for free degrees, people with big hearts, who help other people. not rich, rude people who don't pay their bills. All her money and she does no charity. Maybe, if she did something to shine the light on those poor children in Detroit or use her voice for something other than to fatten her own wallet she would deserve a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t. Hogwash, is what comes to mind.
Sue Czarnecki May 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM
I'm a big fan of Aretha. With her name recognition (and that's what it is all about in politics), I hoped she would run for Governor of MI. Atleast the Dems would have a decent chance of winning with her on the ticket. BTW, how many honorary college degrees does that paragon of virtue, Donald Trump, have ???

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