Berklee College of Music Honors Usher, Flack, Jobarteh

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Global recording artist superstar Usher was one of several performing artists receiving honorary degrees at Berklee College of Music over the weekend.

The eight-time Grammy ward winner was recognized for his “his tremendous artistry and profound influence on R&B music.”

He was also honored for his humanitarian efforts throughout the years raising millions of dollars for various causes including the ‘New Look Foundation,’ which provides opportunities for young people in underserved communities.

More than 1,200 undergraduates from 62 countries attended the commencement ceremony at Agganis Arena.

During his remarks, Usher told the assembled to never give up on their dreams. “Keep running past that finish line,” he said. “Break the barriers, identify that spark in you that motivates you to keep going.”

Also receiving honorary degrees, recording artist and songwriter Roberta Flack, and Gambian kora master Sona Jobarteh.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

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