In the course of a career that has spanned over five decades, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has given the world an immense amount of talent and worthy of the accolades that she has gathered. The latest on her shelf is an honorary doctorate that she received from Harvard University on Thursday. As an added bonus, guests were treated to a soulful version the National Anthem during the ceremony. Ms. Franklin was one of eight others to receive recognition from the prestigious institution along with former U.S. president George H.W. Bush.
Aretha has also been awarded honorary degrees from Princeton, Yale, the Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan, Wayne State and Bethune-Cookman College.