A Veteran of the music and entertainment industries Usher Raymond has received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
The 44-year-old musician received an honorary doctorate in music, joining Sona Jorbarteh and Roberta Flack in appreciation of his decades of accomplishment.
During the commencement ceremony, which was held at Boston University’s Agganis Arena on May 13, 2023, the had the chance to address the graduating class.
A celebration and concert involving approximately 200 graduating students from a variety of backgrounds was hosted on May 12 prior to the graduation ceremony.
The performance honoured each honoree’s accomplishments by showcasing the skills of student vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, arrangers, and track producers.
Duke Ellington, who received the college’s first honorary degree in 1971, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Esperanza Spalding, Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, and John Legend are among the former honorary degree winners, according to VIBE.
The announcement comes as the American RNB singer gets ready to start a new phase of his career. Usher has hinted a new album on the way “to wake up R&B” in addition to announcing a joint record label with L.A. Reid. The international singer uploaded a rehearsal of his most recent song, “GLU,” earlier this month, along with the Paris dates for his tour. On Valentine’s Day, he initially teased the song.