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Tracee Ellis Ross graduated from Brown University in 1994 with a degree in theater. Since then the actress’ star power has risen over the years, especially with the popularity of Black’ish. On Sunday, Ross was honored by her alma mater with an honorary doctorate.

“Call me Dr. Ross! I was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Brown University, my alma mater, and I am humbled and thrilled! I know I’m not really a doctor now but I won’t belittle a moment like this. It was a moving and exciting weekend!,” Ross noted on her personal site.

Brown also wrote why she was honored by Brown.

“In my degree it says I was honored because of my ‘grace, talent and strong sense of self….work that combines detailed knowledge of human nature with boldness…a passion for facilitating self-expression and broadening the definition of what is beautiful…dedication to helping others particularly teenage girls, find their inner strength, confidence and pathways to satisfaction…creating common ground with women of all backgrounds… And a continued desire to push the boundaries of imagination,” Ross wrote.

In conclusion, black girls rock.

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