Many movie fans and TV viewers have come to know Angela Bassett her roles in What’s Love Got to Do with It and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Long before she was picking up awards at the NAACP Image Awards and Academy Awards, she earned not one, but two degrees from Yale University. Over the weekend, she added a doctorate degree to her academic resumé.
VIBE has reported that Old Dominion University awarded Angela Bassett received an honorary doctorate degree. In addition, she delivered a keynote address at the university’s commencement ceremony.
“Throughout your time at ODU, many of you have proudly looked at the monarch—a royal crown on a lion’s head—as a salute to your school’s rich history, strength, pride, fearlessness, royalty,” she said at the ceremony, according to Vibe.
“And thanks to a little film called Black Panther, I think I know a little bit about royalty…well, fictional royalty at least.”
Old Dominion University is the latest institution to deliver an honorary doctorate degree to Bassett. Previously, Morehouse College invited Bassett to receive an honorary doctorate degree.