Usher 2023

It has just been announced that Usher will received an honorary doctorate degree at the Berklee College of Music 2023 Commencement. The honor will be presented on May 13th, 2023, along with other honorees Roberta Flack and Sona Jorbarteh. Each will have an opportunity to address the graduating class of 2023.

This year’s honorary doctorate recipients will be celebrated and recognized for their invaluable contributions to the worlds of music and philanthropy. Past recipients from the college include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones ’51, Celine Dion, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, esperanza spalding B.M. ’05, Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, and John Legend.

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