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Janelle Monae Delivers Dillard University Commencement Speech

Janelle Monae had a big weekend in Louisiana on the campus of an HBCU. The songstress/actress was the 2017 commencement speaker at Dillard University Saturday and gave the 166 grads three key tips to success;

“No. 1, the importance of being gracious. No. 2, the importance of being proud. No. 3, the importance of choosing freedom over fear,” said Janelle according to

Janelle who didn’t graduate from college also gushed over the honor of receiving an honorary degree from the school after she was hooded and declared Dr. Robinson for her legal name.

“I never thought that I would see the day … when I would be getting an honorary degree,” she said.

Dorothy Perrault, Hyatt Regency New Orleans general manager Michael O. Smith and, posthumously, civil rights lawyer Lolis Edward Elie were also awarded honorary degrees from Dillard.

Congratulations Janelle!



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