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Missy Elliot Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

Holding five time Grammy award wins on her belt, the hip-hop icon Missy Elliot has received her honorary doctorate this weekend at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Missy Elliot is the first hip-hop artist to receive the honorary degree from the college and was recognized as a “groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer, songwriter, singer, and rapper.”

Missy also had some words for the graduation class during the university’s Commencement ceremony — “There will be ups and downs — prepare for that,” concluding that, “as long as you are breathing, it is never too late. Don’t forget that. You have come too far to quit.”