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Missy Elliott, Timberlake, And Lacamoire Honored At Berklee College Of Music Commencement

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 15, 2019

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At the spring 2019 commencement ceremony, Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, and Alex Lacamoire. Lacamoire, a 1995 graduate of the college, delivered the commencement address to the graduating class at Agganis Arena.

“To be bestowed this distinguished title for simply doing what I love, what I believe I was born to do, it fills me with a level of pride that I can’t compare to anything else I’ve felt until today,” said Lacamoire in accepting the doctorate.

Rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer Missy Elliott is notably the first hip-hop artist to receive Berklee’s honorary doctorate.

“There will be ups and downs—prepare for that,” said Elliott in her remarks to the graduating class. “As long as you are breathing, it is never too late. Don’t forget that. You have come too far to quit.”

Timberlake also offered wisdom at the ceremony: “You’re defined by what you define failure as. It’s not a thing if it leads you to your success. It’s all part of the journey . . . I hope that in the years to come, two things will happen: one, I will represent you in the way that you most hope for. And two, I look around and see this graduating class. Meet me at the studio. I want to see y’all!”

Photo by Dave Green photography.

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