Willie Nelson, Carole King and Annie Lennox will be presented with honorary doctor of music degrees by Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown at Berklee’s commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 11. Annie Lennox will speak at the ceremony, addressing more than 900 Berklee graduates, their parents and invited guests.
The honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influence in music, and for their contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Juan Luis Guerra, Loretta Lynn, Paco de Lucía, David Bowie, the Edge, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Chaka Khan, Bonnie Raitt, George Clinton, Alison Krauss, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
The night before commencement, as is tradition at Berklee, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music related to their careers. The concert and ceremony are not open to the public.