As Kanye West Is Given His Honorary Doctorate, We Look At Other Stars Who Have Graduated

Calling Dr West! Celebrities Who Have Got Their Degrees

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by Laura Donaldson |
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Kanye at his graduation [Getty]
Kanye at his graduation [Getty]

Kanye West found fame with his debut album* College Dropout* but now, 17 years after quitting school, the rapper has finally graduated.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has given Kanye an honorary doctorate degree making him officially: Dr West.

‘Ye was dressed in traditional graduation robes and was all smiles for the occasion, telling the audience: “When I was giving a lecture at Oxford, I brought up this school because when I went out on that mission to create other spaces — apparel, film, performance — it would’ve been easier if I could have said I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago.”

Kim Kardashian was in Brazil while her husband accepted his degree but she did post a sweet Instagram saying: Dr. Kanye West!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you baby & I know your mom would be so proud too!!!!”

Kanye first attended college in 1997 when he took painting classes at Chicago’s American Academy of Art. He later transferred to Chicago State University to study English before dropping out at age 20 to pursue his dream of making music. Wonder how that panned out?

And Kanye's not the Only One (get it?!), take a look in the gallery below at other stars who have graduated...


Celebrities With Degrees

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Miuccia Prada

Miuccia studied at the University of Milan, where she got a doctorate in political science. Prada was reluctant to take over the family designing business telling the the Evening Standard later in her career: "I never actually decided to become a designer. Eventually I found that I was one."

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Lupita Nyong'o

Before winning her Best Supporting Actress award Lupita got a Film and Theatre Studies Degree from Hampshire College in 2003 and graduated from MFA Yale School of Drama in 2012.

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Eva Longoria accepted a master's degree in Chicano studies from California State University just two years ago. The Desperate Housewife also has a bachelor of science in kinesiology

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Natalie Portman

Natalie graduated from Harvard with a BA in psychology.

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Meryl earned a BA in drama from Vassar College before going on to to grad school at the Yale School of Drama.

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Rachel McAdams

Rachel graduated York University in Toronto with a BFA in acting.

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Rebel Wilson

Rebel graduated from the University of New South Wales with a law degree and a degree in theater and film. Luckily for us she chose to go down the drama path.

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Rashida Jones

Rashida studied Religion and Philosophy at Harvard University, graduating in 1997.

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Emma Watson

Emma graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature

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James Franco

James has a bachelor's degree from UCLA, received an MFA from Columbia, studied film at NYU, and is currently enrolled at Yale University.

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Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect's Elizabeth Banks graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She met her future husband, Max Handleman, on the first day of class!

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Elizabeth Olsen

The Avengers actress graduated from New York University.

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Anne Hathaway

Anne studied at Vassar College before graduating from NYU.

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Lily Collins

Lily graduated from the University of Southern California, majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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Kourtney Kardashian

The only Kardashian sister to go to university, Kourtney received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Spanish.

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JK Rowling

The woman that brought us Harry Potter went to University of Exeter to study French with Greek and German.

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Gerard Butler

Before hitting the big screen, Gerard studied Law at University of Glasgow.

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Hugh Grant

Pre- Notting Hill, Hugh studied English Literature at University of Oxford.

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