Gloria Estefan, The Edge to highlight Berklee commencement
April 11, 2007
BOSTON --Latin pop star Gloria Estefan will deliver a graduation address at the Berklee College of Music's commencement ceremony next month, the school said Wednesday.
The music school also will give honorary degrees to Estefan, her husband, Emilio, U2 guitarist The Edge and jazz pianist Andrew Hill.
Berklee spokesman Allen Bush said the musicians were chosen for honorary doctorates based on their achievements in music and contributions to American and international culture.
Gloria Estefan, who has sold 70 million albums worldwide and won fame as the leader of the Miami Sound Machine in the 1980s, will deliver her commencement speech to 850 graduates on May 12 in the 7,000-seat Agganis Arena.
Past recipients of honorary degrees from Berklee include Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie and Bonnie Raitt.
note to my fellow Bostonians: doesn't say whether he'll be on hand to receive the honor...