CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A former president and the Queen of Soul have received honorary degrees from Harvard University.
George H.W. Bush, Aretha Franklin, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and five others were honored at Thursday’s commencement.
Harvard President Drew Faust poked fun at the 89-year-old Bush’s Yale University credentials, saying his “cap was blue, his house was white and now his robe is crimson.”
Bush smiled and gestured to the crowd as he received the doctor of laws degree but didn’t stand.
The 72-year-old Franklin accompanied herself on piano to perform the national anthem. She received an honorary doctor of arts.
Bloomberg criticized intolerance in his commencement speech. He urged graduates to stand up for free expression, saying “our nation will be stronger for it.”
The Original R&B Divas
1. Anita Baker1 of 13
2. Diana Ross2 of 13
3. Aretha Franklin3 of 13
4. Gladys Knight4 of 13
5. Chaka Khan5 of 13
6. Patti Labelle6 of 13
7. Minnie Riperton7 of 13
8. Whitney Houston8 of 13
9. Roberta Flack9 of 13
10. Dionne Warwick10 of 13
11. Natalie Cole11 of 13
12. Tina Turner12 of 13
13. Tammi Terrell13 of 13
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