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Graduation season is approaching so a host of celebrities will be commended with honorary degrees or recruited to do commencement speeches.  First up on the list to receive a honorary degree is Angela Bassett, according to Black Enterprise. The Oscar-nominated actress will receive a honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the historically black college, Morehouse College.

Bassett’s educational background is quite impressive without the honorary doctorate. The New York-bred actress has a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. Last year, she was awarded a honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her Ivy League alma.

The classically trained actress has given impressive performances in Boyz In the Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Black Panther, Waiting to Exhale, Notorious, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Stella’s Got Her Groove Back, Malcolm X and more. Her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It? earned her an Oscar nomination in 1993. Bassett now serves as the producer of the FOX drama 9-1-1.

Bassett is one of Morehouse’s 300 recipients of a honorary degree this year.

The all-male institution made headlines recently after deciding to offer admission to transgender males starting in the Fall of 2020.

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