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Temple University Awards Honorary Degree to Jill Scott

Journal Staff Report | 5/22/2014, 11:40 a.m.
Temple’s 127th graduating class gathered in the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on May 15, to celebrate the success of the ...
Singer-songwriter Jill Scott received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her achievements and service to the community during Temple University’s commencement ceremony on May 15 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Standing behind are comedian Bill Cosby, left and Jack Klotz, Chief Marshall for Academic Ceremonies. Photo/Temple University

Temple’s 127th graduating class gathered in the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on May 15, to celebrate the success of the university’s largest-ever class. The more than 9,000 students eligible to receive degrees included students who hail from 46 states and the District of Columbia, and 77 different countries.

Temple awarded honorary degrees to three Owls: entrepreneur and Temple Trustee Lewis Katz; award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott; and James West, an inventor and research scientist who holds more than 250 patents in sound amplification, recording and distribution.

Receiving an honorary doctor of humane letters fulfills a lifelong dream, said Scott, a North Philadelphia native who grew up in the area surrounding Main Campus.

“Today, my heart is overwhelmed with love for Temple University,” Scott said. “This is an amazing moment in my life. At 12 years old, I wrote a list of all the things I wanted to do and this was on that list.”

Scott worked two jobs while taking courses toward a degree in education at Temple. While addressing the graduates, she encouraged them to use their talents to create better opportunities for themselves and others.

“My path took me in many different directions in order to get here today, but I made it, and so did you,” Scott said. “You hung in there, you persevered. Bravo and congratulations.”

Source: Temple University