The Berklee College of Music is in the habit of handing out honorary degrees as a part of their annual commencement ceremony, as are many colleges and universities around the world. Of course, Berklee selects its honorees from within the music community, offering such tributes to artists who have distinguished themselves through their oeuvre, as opposed to academic discipline.
This Saturday (5/12) at the ceremony to distribute degrees to Berklee grads, they will also bestow an honorary doctorate on Alison Krauss.
It’s unlikely that anyone reading Bluegrass Today needs reminding of Ms. Krauss’ many achievements in the music business. From bluegrass roots – which are still prominently displayed – Alison has gone on to become the most awarded female artist in the history of the Grammies, and perhaps the most eagerly sought-after duet partner the world of popular music has ever seen.
What is notable about her honorary degree from Berklee is her relative youth as compared to most recipients of this sort of distinction, which are more commonly awarded for a lifetime of achievement.
In any event, it is an honor well deserved. Kudos to Berklee for their celebration of the obvious.
Also accepting honorary degrees on Saturday are Ethiopian pianist Mulatu Astatke and the members of The Eagles.
We’ll have photos from the graduation and Friday night’s student concert later this weekend.