Grammy Award-winning rapper, dancer, and record producer, Missy Elliott has added another honor to her name. She can now officially be called Dr. Elliot!
The pop star and icon was recognized on Friday, May 11, 2019, with an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music.
She received the honorary doctorate alongside Justin Timberlake.
The pair was honored alongside award-winning Broadway performer and composer Alex Lacamoire – who was a former student of the institution, with all three receiving the Honorary Doctor’s Degree of Music for their “influences in music, and for their enduring global impact.”
Missy Elliot took to Instagram to share a video of her holding the framed diploma complete with graduation cap and gown.
“CREATE YOUR OWN LANE,” Elliott said in the post’s caption. “Sincerely Dr. Missy Elliot.”
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“There will be ups and downs — prepare for that,” Elliott said 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.”
Elliott, who was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1971 to a welder at Portsmouth’s naval shipyard, is the first female hip-hop artist to receive an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music.
Elliott has sold more than 30 million albums during the course of her career.