Country music star Tim McGraw will become a doctor of humanities on Saturday (May 12) when he receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he was once a student. “I feel very humbled to be receiving this honorary degree,” said McGraw, a Delhi, La., native. “It will be good to be home and have my family there with me.”
The 34-year-old singer has a history of philanthropy in north Louisiana and elsewhere. In 1994, he organized the first Swampstock, which began as a softball game to raise funds for Little League in Rayville. The event now consists of a celebrity softball game and a concert, with attendance of more than 11,000.
Last year, McGraw and his wife, fellow country icon Faith Hill, performed at a benefit concert for the Friends of the Jackson Zoo in Jackson, Miss., helping raise funds that were used to build a new education complex and supported other Friends projects.
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