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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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  • RaeSo313

    I seriously feel some type of way regarding honorary degrees. So much time, sacrifice and struggle go into anyone trying to obtain just a bachelor’s, yet they are handing out DOCTORATES like candy. Now on one hand I do agree with the institutions acknowledgement of those who contribute to society and the institutions themselves in positive ways, yet why hand them a degree? Why can’t acknowledgement come in the form of giving them the key to the campus, or a plague and ceremony?

  • Tracee Ellis Ross looks extremely happy after receiving an honorary doctorate from Brown University. The most important point is her message and her message is a great one. Women and girls have every right to fulfill their aspirations and human expression is a key part of true art. Art, whether in theater or painting, is not just a form of expression. They are qualities of humanity, which can teach people, inspire people, and led people into establishing more inquiries about the Universe itself. So, Tracee Ellis Ross should continue in expressing her own self on her own terms.

  • mmmdot

    Love Tracee! Congrats to her!