ben affleck honorary doctorate brown Ben Affleck receiving honorary doctorate from Brown UniversityIt is not unusual for institutions of higher learning to issue honorary degrees to people who are at the top of their respective fields. Now actor/director Ben Affleck can add himself to the list of Hollywooders who have received one.

Brown University has announced that Affleck is one of six artists, writers, educators and scientists who will receive honorary degrees at the school’s graduation next month. Affleck will be receiving a doctor of fine arts degree.

Others receiving honorary degrees at the May 26 ceremony include Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MIT professor Junot Diaz; bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President RIsa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

Affleck’s previous educational experience was attending both Occidental College in Los Angeles and the University of Vermont, though he did not graduate from either school.

Do you suppose he’ll make us all call him Dr. Affleck now?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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