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Sunday
May122013

Willie Nelson Becomes Honorary Doctor

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson has been named an honorary doctor — of music.

The 80-year-old Texan was honored Saturday by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, along with musicians Carole King and Annie Lennox.

“I was going to ask them if I could write my own medication,” Nelson told the Boston Globe before the ceremony. ”Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.”

Nelson has long been a staunch advocate of decriminalization of marijuana and has had his share of drug-related brushes with the law.

The new “doctor” seemed to revel in his title, tweeting a picture of himself sporting his trademark long braids and wearing graduation regalia.

“Dr Willie looks great,” he wrote.

Lennox, best known as one half of the Eurythmics duo, delivered the commencement speech to more than 1,050 graduating students and their guests at Agganis Arena, one night after she and Nelson took to the stage separately to perform with students at the school’s commencement concert.

Berklee has previously bestowed the honor on some of the most influential names in music, including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and David Bowie, according to the school’s website.

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Sunday
May062012

Shaquille O’Neal Earns Doctorate Degree

Aaron Davidson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal donned a cap and bright red XXXL-sized gown to receive his doctorate degree from Barry University on Saturday in Miami, Florida.

On stage, he showed his enthusiasm in a way only someone over seven feet tall can do, by lifting his professor into the air.

After leaving Louisiana State University early for the NBA, Shaq went back to school and earned his bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree and now, a doctorate in education.

O’Neal told ABC News there are three reasons he hasn’t just kicked his feet up and lounged on an island since his retirement.

“One, I promised my parents I would [follow my passion for education]. Two, I wanted to continue my education and three, I wanted to challenge myself,” he said.

“The hardest part was getting back into high school mode. You ever have that high school teacher that says you’ve got to read six chapters over the weekend?” he said.

He wrote his thesis on the value of humor in leadership, because he says he’s a natural leader who loves to laugh.

The graduate wants to become a motivational speaker and plans to go to law school.

O’Neal told ABC News there’s “no way” anyone is allowed to call him Shaq anymore.

“Only the children can call me Shaq, the adults have to address me as Dr. O’Neal,” he said.

“I’m proud to call you Dr. O’Neal!” said his mother.

A year into retirement, after 19 seasons on the court, Dr. O’Neal is not looking back. He says he doesn’t miss the game “Because I got a new walk, a doctor’s walk.”

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