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Michael Keaton and Oprah Winfrey receive honorary doctorates


Actor Michael Keaton and TV titan Oprah Winfrey have been made honorary doctors.

The Birdman star headed home to his native Pennsylvania on Sunday (21May17) to take part in Carnegie Mellon University’s 120th commencement ceremony at the Pittsburgh school’s Gesling Stadium, where he was presented with a Doctor of Fine Arts degree.

Keaton is no stranger to Carnegie Mellon – in 2015, he signed on to serve as a visiting scholar at the college’s Entertainment Technology Center.

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Meanwhile, talk show host-turned-actress Oprah celebrated her new achievement at Massachusetts‘ liberal arts school Smith College on Sunday, when she also delivered the 2017 commencement speech and urged graduates to “leave here and live the brightest life”.

After the ceremony, Oprah shared photos from her school visit on Instagram and captioned the snaps, “Great day ended with an Honorary Doctorate from Smith Yes you can call me #Dr.Winfrey (sic)”.


Keaton and Winfrey are the latest celebrities to land top academic honors this year (17) – Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, and Will Ferrell have all been made doctors in various fields in the past few weeks.

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