Pharrell Williams Receives Honorary Doctorate From Norfolk State University

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“The pull of the green and the gold is strong. I am honored to have made this part of my work, my story, and still today.”

Pharrell Williams received a doctorate from Norfolk State University in Virginia.

During the 107th commencement on Saturday (Dec. 10), the Grammy Award-winning musician and producer was presented the degree by the University President Javaune Adams-Gaston. The “Happy” singer is also an honorary member of Norfolk State’s marching band, the Spartan Legion.

“I didn’t attend Norfolk State, but I was always present,” Williams said during a speech as the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. “The pull of the green and the gold is strong. I am honored to have made this part of my work, my story, and still today; I can’t wait to see how far you, amazing, impressive graduates of Norfolk State … how far you’ll go.”

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