Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake & NFL’s Vet Curtis Martin Receive Honorary Degrees + Michael Jackson’s Son Graduates
A host of celebrities over the weekend received honorary doctorate degrees from colleges for their achievements and influences. Artists Missy Elliot, 47, and Justin Timberlake, 38, both received their degrees from Berklee College of Music on Saturday. In a statement, Berklee College says,
“This year’s honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influences in music, and for their enduring global impact.”
As previously reported, Missy is the first female Hip-Hop artist to receive a honorary doctorate degree from the College. After receiving her degree, the hip-hop icon and five Grammy award winning artist and producer Missy shared a video celebrating her accomplishments, she says,
“CREATE YOUR OWN LANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely Dr. MISSY ELLIOTT Berklee College Thank you for this Honorary Doctorate Degree I am SO HUMBLED”
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 11, 2019
Actor, author, and 10-time Grammy award-winning musician, Timberlake says after receiving his degree,
“Ooooh y’all messed up now. Turned me into a doctor! Y’all messed up!”
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 11, 2019
Hall of Famer and ex-Jets superstar, Curtis Martin, 46, was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York. Martin says,
“About to get my doctorate degree from Mt. Sinai!“
The ex-New York Jet was a 2-time first team All Pro selection, a 5-time Pro Bowler and ending his career having amassed 14,101 total rushing yards, the fifth highest total in NFL history.
Actor/rapper Common shares on Instagram his proud dad moment over in Washington D.C. as his daughter, Omoye Lynn, 22, graduated from one of the top HBCU’s, Howard University. He says,
Congratulations to my phenomenal and dynamic daughter. It lit my heart and spirit to see you graduating from the great Howard U. Continue to achieve. Continue to soar Continue to have fun. I Love You. Blessings to the class of 2019!
In celebration with Common’s proud moment, a list of fellow celebs flood his comments including Grammy award winning singer John Legend, Golden State Warrior Quinn Cook, Cedrick The Entertainer, and heart throb, Larenz Tate.
In addition, another graduate celebrated his accomplishment, son of Michael Jackson, Prince Jackson. The son of the King of Pop took to Instagram announcing his degree from Loyola Marymount University. He says,
Yesterday I graduated from Loyola Marymount Cum Laude in the school of business with a focus on entrepreneurship. I met so many people and learned so much that the experience alone is worth it. I wish I could thank everyone that helped me make it to the end but I can’t and unfortunately they’re not all pictured here.
He continues, thanking his family for giving him the motivation to finish school.
But the biggest thanks goes to TH Jackson and his brothers Taryll Jackson and Taj Jackson who kept pushing me to graduate and finish up my degree when I wanted to quit. Honestly I can’t tell you if all of it was worth it yet but I am proud of my degree as I believe it is a testament to my dedication and discipline. I’m thankful for LMUs education of a whole person and the implementation of Jesuit values because I believe they inspire graduates like me to continue to change the world for the better.
Congratulation to all of the receptions!