Janelle Monáe Robinson has recently received and Honorary degree from Dillard University on Saturday.

She’s an American singer, songwriter, actress, and model signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. She was one of the major stars in the award winning movie Hidden Figures.

Janelle who has seen success in both music and movies shared with the graduates of Dillard University her three secrets to life, which are: “No. 1, the importance of being gracious. No. 2, the importance of being proud. No. 3, the importance of choosing freedom over fear”.

It gave her great joy to be receiving her first honorary diploma, while she was also delivering her first commencement speech in a school she didn’t graduate from.

She took to her Instagram to express how happy she was. She posted a photo and captioned it:

Yesterday was special. Honestly… I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be receiving an honorary doctorate’s degree of humane letters from such a prestigious HBCU like Dillard University. Almost didn’t accept out of fear and doubt; thinking I needed to be a specific type of person to receive such a high honor.
I accept this honor in the name of my family; my grandmother who was a share cropper in Mississippi, had 12 kids, and never got an opportunity to get a higher education. I accept this honor in the name of my parents who worked as janitors, post office workers, and garbage collectors serving the community PROUDLY, but never got a chance to fully pursue a higher education.
This one is for my family.
AND this is for all the young people: the artists, the protesters, the writers, the teachers, etc all striving to be better and do more for the community through your writing, through your music, through your mentoring, through the arts, & through whatever gifts you may have!

Thank you to President Walter Kimbrough, The Faculty & Board of Trustees, students, and everyone involved with making this decision. I have a lot more growing and learning to do as 👁 evolve as a student of life. I hope to make you proud.
I’m 4EvA Eva Eva proud to be a part of the Dillard University Family! 🙏🏿 With love,
Lil Dr. Monáe 😉

 

Yesterday was special. Honestly… I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be receiving an honorary doctorate’s degree of humane letters from such a prestigious HBCU like Dillard University. Almost didn’t accept out of fear and doubt; thinking I needed to be a specific type of person to receive such a high honor. I accept this honor in the name of my family; my grandmother who was a share cropper in Mississippi, had 12 kids, and never got an opportunity to get a higher education. I accept this honor in the name of my parents who worked as janitors, post office workers, and garbage collectors serving the community PROUDLY, but never got a chance to fully pursue a higher education. This one is for my family. AND this is for all the young people: the artists, the protesters, the writers, the teachers, etc all striving to be better and do more for the community through your writing, through your music, through your mentoring, through the arts, & through whatever gifts you may have! Thank you to President Walter Kimbrough, The Faculty & Board of Trustees, students, and everyone involved with making this decision. I have a lot more growing and learning to do as 👁 evolve as a student of life. I hope to make you proud. I’m 4EvA Eva Eva proud to be a part of the Dillard University Family! 🙏🏿 With love, Lil Dr. Monáe 😉

A post shared by Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae) on May 14, 2017 at 11:51am PDT

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CLICK HERE to WATCH HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Photo Credit: Janelle Monae

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