Ben Affleck awarded honorary doctorate

2013-05-27 15:47
Providence - Academy Award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck has received one of six honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University.

Affleck was among artists, writers, scientists and educators to receive the degrees from the Ivy League school at commencement exercises on Sunday.

'Doctor of fine arts degree'

He received a doctor of fine arts degree. The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in Argo, which won this year's Oscar for Best Picture.

Others getting honorary doctorates were author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

The university conferred more than 2 400 degrees on Sunday.


  • James Blacksmith - 2013-05-27 16:08

    I hate it when normal every day people have to study for three years to be awarded a degree and another 3 (at least) to be awarded a doctorate, only for actors and politicians to skip all these years of hard work and dedication and receive doctorates. That's like awarding Patrick Dempsey a doctorate in medicine for his work on Gray's Anatomy and then expecting him to be good at anything but acting and juggling. I think I'd be too embarrassed to accept such an award in front of 1,000 + students who actually worked for it.

      Chantelle Michael - 2013-05-27 21:43

      i totally agree. others spend sleepless nights stressing and studying for years and these people just show up out of nowhere. they have nothing to be proud of.

      Nella Kruil - 2013-05-28 11:20

      Dude, it's the US. If a mom can be awarded damages of millions after tripping & falling over her own kid in Walmart, it doesn't take much to get a doctorate.

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