Wendell Pierce, Jon Batiste among notable New Orleanians to receive honorary degrees this year
It’s traditional at any university commencement to give honorary degrees to big-name supporters and leaders in their respective fields.
- We’re celebrating these notable New Orleanians who received a coveted doctorate at graduation ceremonies across the country this year.
Why it matters: These are people who've made contributions to the world beyond New Orleans, but who make our city a richer place in the process.
Wendell Pierce: The prominent actor received an honorary doctorate from Juilliard, which recognizes leaders in the arts world.
- You probably know the New Orleans native from "Treme," "The Wire," "Suits," "Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan" and "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway.
- Pierce received his bachelor's degree from Juilliard in 1985.
Jon Batiste: The five-time Grammy winner was the keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary degree from Loyola University.
- The New Orleans native was also musical director and bandleader on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" for seven years until 2022.
Quint Davis: Tulane also recognized prominent New Orleanians this year, giving an honorary degree to Davis, who’s been the "driving force" behind Jazz Fest, the university said in a release.
- Davis was a Tulane student when he helped launch the first Jazz Fest in 1970. He’s still involved 53 years later.
The bottom line: Celebrity or not, we want to send a big congratulations to all New Orleans graduates (and their parents). Y’all did it.
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