Missy Elliott Receives Honorary Doctorates At Berklee College Of Music

Missy Elliott Receives Honorary Doctorates At Berklee College Of Music

Hampton Roads native Missy Elliot was honored by Berklee College of Music with an honorary Doctorate.

She became the first female rapper in history to ever receive an honorary doctorate from the school.

 

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Missy broke down in tears before offering words of wisdom to Berklee’s graduating class upon receiving her degree. “I don’t even know how I’m standing here, but I thank y’all, I thank God,” she said. “I just want y’all to know, there will be ups and downs. Prepare for that, but don’t give up. I know you may hear that all the time, but if I had given up long ago, I wouldn’t be standing here today. You have come too far to quit.”

She went on to talk about the various trials and tribulations she’s weathered throughout her career, from dealing with archaic beauty standards on the come-up to losing out on awards and coping with Graves disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2011.

In closing, she joked around that she’ll be wearing her cap and gown again, and frequently: “in the shower, in all my next videos, everywhere I go!”