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Aretha Franklin just added another honorary degree to her growing collection! On Thursday afternoon, Harvard University showed the Queen of Soul some R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by awarding her with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.

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The 72-year-old living legend, who sang a gospel-flavored version of the national anthem at the commencement ceremony, was among eight people to receive honorary degrees for the Ivy League. The other trailblazers included former President George H.W. Bush, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, author Isabel Allende, medical ethicist Patricia A. King, botanist Peter H. Raven, art historian Seymour Slive, economist Joseph E. Stiglitz.

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Earlier this month, Ms. Franklin picked one up another honorary degree from New York University. Her long list of accolades include doctorates from Princeton, Yale, Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Bethune-Cookman College.


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