Bob Dylan has received an honorary degree by the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was made a Doctor of Music at this year's summer graduations. According to St Andrews principal, Dylan's "most popular work from the 1960s and 70s still are relevant today and in particular his lyrics are still part of our consciousness".
Dylan has only ever accepted one honorary degree before, from Princeton University in 1970. St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413.
"It seems appropriate that his second such degree should come from Scotland's oldest university, since Scottish border ballads and folksongs have been the inspiration for some of his melodies, and his great song 'Highlands' is an elaborate riff, or descant, on Robert Burns."
(Professor Neil Corcoran of the School of English in his laureation)
Here's the complete laureation.
MIKE HOBO | June 17, 2004 | AWARDS
|Days of '69|
RECORDS | Aug 26, 2013
|"Dreamin' Of You" video|
MEDIA, RECORDS | Sep 9, 2008
|Video: The Life and Career of Bob Dylan|
MEDIA | May 25, 2011
|Bob Dylan oil painting by Stanley Silver|
ART | Jan 28, 2011
|Official Dylan photo exhibition in London|
ART, EVENTS | Aug 30, 2005
|Surprising winner at web's first Bob Dylan song voting|
WEB | Mar 1, 2005
|Happy 70th birthday, Bob!|
ANNIVERSARIES | May 24, 2011
|Lost Wilburys recordings to be released|
PEOPLE, RECORDS | Aug 23, 2004
|"At Budokan" released 35 years ago|
ANNIVERSARIES, LIVE, RECORDS | Apr 23, 2014
|Beyond Here Lies Nothin' Music Video|
MEDIA, RECORDS | May 24, 2009