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Berklee to Present Honorary Doctorate of Music Degrees

Recipients to include Kenny Garrett, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Mavis Staples, and Michael McDonald

Roger Brown, president of Berklee College of Music, with recipients of honorary doctorate degree - Michael McDonald, Mavis Staples, Chucho Valdes and Kenny Garrett

On Saturday, May 7, five notable musicians will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Berklee College of Music at the college’s annual commencement ceremony. The honorees are Kenny Garrett, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Mavis Staples, and Michael McDonald. In addition, Garrett will be the school’s commencement speaker, addressing more than 900 Berklee graduates, their parents, and invited guests, hopefully with words of inspiration. Other musicians to receive an honorary degree with Garrett include: Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Mavis Staples, and Michael McDonald.

“I was totally elated when I was advised that I’d be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the world’s largest college of contemporary music!” said saxophonist Garrett, in a press release received at JT. “This is a dream come true and I’m deeply appreciative and honored to be a member of this illustrious group of recipients.”

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