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
|Bob Dylan oil painting by Stanley Silver|
ART | Jan 28, 2011
|Dylan at Play|
BOOKS | Aug 25, 2011
|"I'm Not There" movie clip leaked on YouTube|
MEDIA | Aug 26, 2007
|In memoriam Michael Jackson|
RECORDS, TRIBUTES | Jun 26, 2009
|Happy 70th birthday, Bob!|
ANNIVERSARIES | May 24, 2011
|A medal of honor|
AWARDS | May 30, 2012
|"At Budokan" released 35 years ago|
ANNIVERSARIES, LIVE, RECORDS | Apr 23, 2014
|Subterranean Homesick Blues Remixes|
RECORDS, TRIBUTES, WEB | Jan 24, 2011
|First TV interview in 20 years|
INTERVIEWS, MEDIA | Dec 6, 2004
|Bob Dylan poetry special|
ART, WEB | Feb 13, 2009