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Recently, Robert De Niro was awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts at Bates College in Maine after giving the commencement speech. This marked the second honorary degree for the actor, who also received a Doctor of Fine Arts from NYU in 1996.De Niro was one of three public figures who received doctorates that day, alongside PBS “Newshour” correspondent Gwen Ifill and molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler from Princeton.
De Niro, Ifill and Bassler have just been included in a long list of celebrities who have received honorary degrees from all over the country.
Some of the recipients make sense (check out how many Meryl Streep has), while others, like Kermit the Frog, are just strange.
Here are 20 celebrities who didn’t have to go to college to get honorary doctorates.
Seems a bit unfair, no?
After husband John Lennon's death, musician Yoko Ono founded the Strawberry Fields Memorial Park, the John Lennon museum and, most importantly for the degree, the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship Fund-- which is given to students at Liverpool University.
She is also a staunch advocate for human rights. For all of this, Liverpool University gave Ono a Doctorate of Laws in 2001. A year later, she also received a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bard College.
The Queen of Soul has not one, but four honorary degrees: in 2006, Berklee College of Music awarded her with a Doctorate of Music. The University of Pennsylvania awarded her the same degree in 2007. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate Music in 2010 from Yale University and the following year, she was also awarded an honorary degree by Ohio's Case Western Reserve University.
This Academy Award-winning actress has received a handful of honorary degrees.
In 1983, she received an honorary Doctorate from Yale University. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Princeton University. And most recently in 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Harvard University.
The author of the best-selling Harry Potter series received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008.
She has also received honorary degrees from St. Andrews University (2000), Napier University (2000), the University of Exeter (2000), the University of Edinburgh (2004), and the University of Aberdeen (2006).
In 2011 the actor most known for his role as Captain Kirk on 'Star Trek' received an honorary Doctorate from his alma mater McGill University. He graduated from the Montreal university back in 1952 with a degree in commerce.
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