Congrats are in order for Viola Davis. The star of Shonda Rhimes’ new show “How To Get Away With Murder” now has a Dr. in front of her name!
According to reports, Viola received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from her alma mater — The Julliard School. She was among eight remarkable artists and philanthropists to be hooded and handed degrees at the prestigious school’s 109th Commencement Ceremony on Friday in New York City.
— Joyce DiDonato (@JoyceDiDonato) May 23, 2014
The 48-year-old actress received Academy Award nominations in 2011 of The Help and 2008 for Doubt. She also won Tony Awards for her portrayal of Tonya in 2001’s King Hedley II and her role as Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival Fences.
— The Juilliard School (@JuilliardSchool) May 23, 2014
Cicely Tyson will receive the same honor from The American Film Institute on June 11. According The Hollywood Reporter, the 80-year-old Oscar and Golden Globe nominee will be recognized for her “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image.”
In related higher education news, mega producer Swizz Beatz enrolled in Harvard Business School’s three-year Owner/President Management Program. The curriculum is designed to sharpen the skills of chief executive officers, chief operating officers, presidents, and managing directors of companies with annual sales of at least $10 million.
Alicia Keys’ hubby has been documenting his experience thus far on Instagram. Check out a few pics below.
Famous Folks with Honorary Degrees
1. Kerry Washington1 of 27
2. Maya Angelou2 of 27
3. Jill Scott3 of 27
4. Tom Joyner4 of 27
5. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff5 of 27
6. Harry Belafonte6 of 27
7. Sean Combs7 of 27
8. Oprah Winfrey8 of 27
9. Barack Obama9 of 27
10. First Lady Michelle Obama10 of 27
11. Bill Cosby11 of 27
12. Deval Patrick12 of 27
13. Quincy Jones13 of 27
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15. Stevie Wonder15 of 27
16. Valerie Simpson16 of 27
17. Patti LaBelle17 of 27
18. Nelson Mandela18 of 27
19. George Foreman19 of 27
20. George Clinton20 of 27
21. B.B. King21 of 27
22. Muhammad Ali22 of 27
23. Aretha Franklin23 of 27
24. Denzel Washington24 of 27
25. Mike Tyson25 of 27
26. Al Jarreau26 of 27
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