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Oprah Winfrey Receives Honorary Degree At Harvard Commencement Ceremony!

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When Oprah Winfrey agreed to give the commencement speech to Harvard University's Class of 2013, she probably didn't expect to be a part of it!

But that's just what happened as the renowned Ivy League institution of higher learning bestowed upon Oprah an honorary degree!

Gurl was moved to tears as she accepted the priceless (and yet also crazy expensive) honor!

Later today we'll hear just what it means to her as she delivers her epic speech! We have no idea what Oprah will say, but here's a bit of what she told last year's grads at Spelman College. She said:

"You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don't know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. What I learned is that that's a great metaphor for life. You want to be in the driver's seat of your own life because if you are not, life will drive you."

We hope those graduates listen close and took notes! If there's anyone you want life tips from, it's Oprah!

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12 comments to “Oprah Winfrey Receives Honorary Degree At Harvard Commencement Ceremony!”

  1. 1

    how much did she pay for that? wish she would just freaking go away

  2. Pay Me Be-youtch says – reply to this


    Priceless, expensive…damn straight. Why can't I afford to go to a private college?
    She's in the driver's seat-of a Roll's Royce!


  3. LauraS. says – reply to this


    Hey Perez, in case you're jealous, you can actually get an Honorary Doctorate yourself for just $69 from LADC Institute in Los Angeles, California. Then everyone can call you Dr. Perez Hilton. You're welcome!!

  4. Heather says – reply to this


    So glad I spent $50,000, studied my ass off, and went to school for 5 years to get my degree with ass-holes like Oprah are just handed them:(

    Side note: And YOU get a DEGREE, and YOU get a DEGREE, EVERYONE GETS A DEGREE!!

  5. No says – reply to this


    Perez, Here we go again, I loved Oprah yet you know what , The Color Purple is what made her who she is today! - Racquel just J here.

  6. madmike says – reply to this


    Not for nuttin but isn't that Mittsie Romney's alma mater?

    Doesn't she hoard money or something?

  7. 7

    It is absolutely ridiculous and an insult to REAL students when universities hand out degrees to "celebrities". If a celebrity wants a degree, go do the hard work to get one!!! Like Eva Longoria! Sit in a freaking classroom, do homework assignemtns, take tests, write thesis papers. NO celebrity deserves a degree just because they are "famous".

  8. 8

    Re: madmike – yes but Mitt Romney has both a law degree and a MBA from Harvard. Earned not bought

  9. 9

    When you have that much money you can buy anything… *cough*

  10. 10

    What good is an honorary degree? I don't get it.

  11. Andrea says – reply to this


    I'm so glad education is free in Norway..

  12. 12

    I don't understand the freak out. Basically every one (celebrity or not) who gives a commencement speech at a college/university gets an honorary degree as a thanks for speaking as well as a recognition of whatever it is they do that warrants them speaking at such an event.
    This isn't something new that Oprah just "bought." Plus, Oprah has kind of done a lot of shit in her life and helped a lot of people. She's like the perfect commencement speaker.