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Affleck to get honorary doctorate from Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Academy Award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck is among six artists, writers, scientists and educators selected to receive honorary degrees from Brown University at next month's graduation ceremonies.

The Ivy League school in Rhode Island says Affleck will receive a doctor of fine arts during commencement exercises May 26. The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in "Argo," which won this year's Oscar for Best Picture.

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Others getting honorary doctorates are author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

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Apr 24, 2013 6:37PM
Typical... another big shot who doesn't have to actually get the education to get the degree.....and don't give me that crap he's a pro and deserves it I don't buy any of that....I had to work for every degree I got and no one handed me a freebee. as for my education that's no ones business.....
Apr 24, 2013 9:05PM
An Honorary degree doesn't necessarily relate to a person's educational level.  It tends to
honor an individual's achievements in a given field of endeavor.

Apr 24, 2013 9:11PM
Did the writer of the story get one?
Apr 24, 2013 11:46PM
Leave PICKONE alone.  Until they start giving out honorary doctorates in life, experience doesn't equate to earning a college degree, and it sure doesn't cost as much money.  He got an Oscar, I think that should suffice.

Apr 24, 2013 9:39PM

I can picture Ben busting into a hospital into surgery wearing scrubs and start operating on people, Other people are freaked out asking him "wtf is Ben doing?" Bens respone "its ok people I am a Dr now". lol

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