Cicely Tyson will receive an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the American Film Institute (AFI), according to the Hollywood Reporter. The award-winning film and Broadway actress will be recognized for her “contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image.”
Tyson is a 1977 alumna of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and a former member of the AFI Board of Trustees.
The Institute will present Tyson’s degree at the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 11.
She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Columbia University this spring.