Jimmy Page – Honorary Doctorate
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page received an honorary doctorate at Boston’s Berklee College of Music on Friday, May 9th, 2014.
“What a spirit there is here,” the guitar legend said in his brief remarks after receiving the doctoral degree in music at the 7,000 seat Agganis Arena at Boston University. “Music has so much power across so many avenues. To be in a position to do the thing you’re best at, which is making music, and bringing joy and pleasure to other people, it can’t be much better than that. I wish to pass that on to all of you. Congratulations with your degrees and lots of success in the future.”
Berklee also presented honorary doctorates this year to R&B songwriter Valerie Simpson, jazz pianist Geru Allen and American Music Program youth jazz orchestra founder Thara Memory. Past honorees have included Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler and Annie Lennox.