Every year, the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country honor music stars with degrees. From Howard University's Doctor Sean Combs to Pratt Institute's Doctor Ono, some of music's biggest names get to toss their caps for the first or fifth time (looking at you, Aretha!) with the rest of the class. Click through to see honorees from Kanye West to Kylie Minogue!
Above, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical "Hamilton," receives an honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Monday, May 16, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Honorary Doctorate, School Of Art Institute Of Chicago, 2015
His wise words: "I felt my nerves a bit. And I don't feel that feeling a lot. The nerves of humility and modesty when being honored."
Associate of Art, City Colleges of Chicago, 2015
Jon Bon Jovi
Honorary Doctor of Letters, Rutgers University-Camden, N.J., 2015
His wise words: "Life is a long, bumpy road, but that makes for an exciting ride. Choose a direction and if the road turns -- turn! If there is a fork in the road -- take it! It's ok to map out your future... but do pencil it in."
Doctor of Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston, 2015
Doctor of Music, University Of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., 2015
His wise words: "Use your time well. Beware of falling into the sedentary trap."
Bachelor of Arts, St. Lawrence University, Cantony, N.Y., 2014
Her wise words: "Tom Petty has a song, 'Running Down a Dream.' That doesn't happen on your own. It's not something that get's handed to you... it's something that really does take support and a lot of other people."
Doctor of Fine Arts degree, Honoris Causa, New York University, 2014
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Temple University, Philadelphia, 2014
Her wise words: "You hung in there, you persevered, you beautiful creatures! Bravo and congratulations! …The fact is that you are all, and we are all, beacons of light."
Doctor Of Music, University Of Leicester, Leicester, England, 2006
Doctor of Music. Occidental College, Eagle Rock, Calif., 2005
His wise words: “God only made one of you, just one of you for life. It’s important that you grab that when you’re alone and appreciate it, because when you feel gratitude … you can will things to happen. It’s not magic, it’s not a trick, it’s not a formula, it’s not a gadget or a gimmick."
Barry & Robin Gibb
Doctors of Music, University of Manchester, England, 2004
Doctor of Laws, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2004
Doctor of Music, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2004
Doctor of Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston (2003)
His wise words: "I can remember when I was four years old, I said to my mother, 'Mommy, when I grow up I wanna be a musician.' She said, 'You can't do both.' "
Doctor of Music, Royal Academy of Music, London, 2002
Jon Bon Jovi
Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J., 2001
Doctor of Fine Arts, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J., 1999
Doctor of Humane Letters, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1999
Doctor of Arts, New York University, 1999
Doctor of Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston, 1998
Honorary Degree, New York University, 1995
Doctor of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Boston, 1994
His wise words: "When I get into the art zone, I forget about any pains that I have. It's an inspirational existence."