Common Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

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First Kanye, now Common.

Congrats are in order for Common! Today, the ESSENCE Fest performer and all-around eye candy received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Winston Salem State University.

The Golden Globe, Academy Award and Grammy-winning rapper also gave the WSSU graduates a dose of inspiration during his acceptance speech stating, "if you see the mountaintop, you know you will get there," as well as encouraging them to believe in themselves and surround themselves with those who believe in them as well.

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He also listed a few of his inspirations such as basketball legend Michael Jordan, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and even Jesus.

Common also performed his hit song, Glory  [a collaboration with John Legend from the critically acclaimed, Selma] for the graduates and faculty.

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Don't miss Common at this year's ESSENCE Fest! Buy your tickets now!

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