Go Girl! Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Harvard + Sings National Anthem [Photos + Video]


It was definitely a happy day for Aretha Franklin on Thursday, when she received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University’s 2014 graduation.

The 72-year-old opened the ceremony by singing the national anthem.


This isn’t the first degree the ‘Rock Steady’ singer has also received. Aretha received an honorary doctorate in music from Princeton University, Yale, the University of Michigan, Berklee College of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Watch her sing the national anthem below:

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