Rita Moreno‘s got rhymes.
The award-winning actress and singer showed off her rapping skills while delivering the commencement address at Boston’s Berklee College of Music on Saturday (May 7).
The 84-year-old broke into rap mid-speech, telling graduates they “must have the audacity, the pluck, the grit, the perspicacity.”
The audience cheered and Moreno added, “Yo, I’m sayin’ write your score for more than popularity — live life with clarity.”
The entertainer notably appeared in 1961’s West Side Story. She’s one of 12 entertainers in history to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award.
Ernie Isley, speaking of a student tribute concert held the previous evening, accepted the doctorate with this speech: “Berklee, I want you to know, last night, you outdid yourselves. You’re professionals. Ronald and I, and in the spirit of all the brothers, appreciate it beyond words, and appreciate you. And I’m fully confident that the future of music rests in good hands because of Berklee.”
During his acceptance speech, Lucian Grainge added: “The respect that I have for you, this class, your graduation, your contributions, and your musicianship — I’m in awe of you… I’m very honored and humbled to be here. I want to thank you for this honorary doctorate… [and] congratulate you all, really well done. And I hope that you have as much joy from music as I have done in my career.”
Nearly 900 graduates from 68 countries received degrees.