Usher is the latest celebrity to receive an honorary degree.
The Berklee College Of Music in Boston honored the “GLU” singer, during which he watched the graduates perform a few of his smash hits, including “Yeah!,” “U Remind Me” and “Burn” before joining them for “Without You.”
He delivered a speech to more than 1,200 graduates, encouraging them to “break the barriers.”
“My goal as an artist has always been to inspire people to make a positive impact through my music, to make you feel something, and last night I felt proud…of the legacy that has been built and that we’re building together as artists,” Usher said.
Usher urged the graduating class to “keep running past that finish line [of your goals], break the barriers, identify that spark in you that motivates you to keep going, and don’t expect everything to be perfect and run smoothly. …Take what you’ve learned here [at Berklee], go into the world, and make great things.”
He recently told BET.com that he’d be honored to perform at the Super Bowl.
“I mean it goes without saying,” he said. “It’s a major moment for any performer to be welcomed to that. There’s people that have some opinion about it, but yeah, I would love it.”