Janelle Monae Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree
Singer and actress Janelle Monae was feted with an honorary doctorate degree from Dillard University over the weekend. The Hidden Figures star received the honor from officials at the Louisiana university on Sunday after giving a commencement speech, in which she spoke about her role in the feel-good movie about a team of African-American NASA mathematicians who made a significant contribution to the 1960s Space Race.
Dedicating the doctorate degree of humane letters to her family in a post on Instagram, Janelle Monae wrote: “Yesterday was special. Honestly… I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be receiving an honorary doctorate’s degree of humane letters from such a prestigious HBCU (historical black colleges and university) like Dillard University. Almost didn’t accept out of fear and doubt; thinking I needed to be a specific type of person to receive such a high honor.
“I accept this honor in the name of my family… AND this is for all the young people… all striving to be better and do more for the community… Thank you to… everyone involved with making this decision. I have a lot more growing and learning to do as (I) evolve as a student of life. I hope to make you proud.”
Janelle Monae is a major supporter of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and education courses. Last year, she launched Fem the Future, a movement aimed at helping women advance in the arts and education.