Harvard University honors Aretha Franklin

, Staff

As part of its annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, Harvard University honored legendary gospel singer Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree.

Franklin helped open the ceremony by performing the National Anthem. See the performance of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the video below.

Franklin was one of eight to receive an honorary degree from Harvard on Thursday. Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush highlighted the list of honorees, which also included former New York City Mayor and commencement speaker Michael Bloomberg. Famed author Isabel Allende, botanist Peter Raven, economist Joseph Stiglitz were also honored, as were professors Patricia King and Seymour Slive.

Along with 18 Grammy Awards, the 72-year-old singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1994 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

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