By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
May 12, 2019
The doctors are in.
Rapper Missy Elliott, singer Justin Timberlake and composer Alex Lacamoire were awarded honorary doctorates this weekend from Boston's Berklee College of Music, joining the ranks of Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin and other music legends.
"You're defined by what you define failure as," said Timberlake, 38. "It's not a thing if it leads you to your success. It's all part of the journey."
Lacamoire, known for his work on Broadway's "Hamilton" and "Dear Evan Hansen," delivered the commencement address.
"By creating music, we say, 'I have a contribution to make,'" said the 43-year-old Lacamoire, who received his bachelor's degree from the college in 1995. "We say, 'Yes, I will add my voice to this collective.' Because we acknowledge music's might, how it can make a sea of people sway in alignment, how it can cause us to tear up and lose our inhibitions, how it can make a 9-year-old kid feel like he has a place and a purpose."
The trio later took to Twitter to celebrate.
"CREATE YOUR OWN LANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely Dr. MISSY ELLIOTT," Elliott wrote. "Thank you for this Honorary Doctorate Degree I am SO HUMBLED."