Your family members, friends or loved ones aren’t the only ones receiving degrees this year.  Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot are too!

This past weekend Justin and Missy both received and an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.

Justin also had a speech during the ceremony, giving advice to students about what failure means:

“You’re defined by what you define failure as. It’s not a thing if it leads you to your success. It’s all part of the journey. You have to appreciate those moments. Because what happens right after you feel like you failed is who you are and who you will continue to be… You have to dare to suck. You will never make something great if you are afraid that it’s going to suck, that it’s going to fail… Your tenacity and your ability to define who you are through those failures will be your ultimate success.”

Missy Elliott also received her doctorate along with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), John Prine, Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and Hamilton composter, Alex Lacamoire.

Congratulations, grads! 

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