King of Pop? Nah. Justin Timberlake is the freshly crowned Doc of Pop.
The Berklee College of Music in Boston recently awarded Timberlake an honorary doctorate. You won’t see Justin doing kidney transplants anytime soon, though — it’s a Doctorate of Music. But still cool! Hip-hop queen Missy Elliott also received a doctorate during the same ceremony, making for one epic graduation. (Oh to be a graduating senior in that audience…)
Justin celebrated on social media, looking fierce in his cap and gown.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 11, 2019
The Doc of Pop sounds beyond pumped to be a doctor:
“Ooh y’all messed up now, turned me into a doctor! Y’all messed up.”
He also popped bottles on a private jet afterward… definitely cooler than my graduation party.
Missy Elliot also flexed her brand-new doctorate.
— Rich Music World INC (@richmusicworld) May 12, 2019
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) May 11, 2019
People on social media also reacted to Dr. Justin Timberlake.
— BarefootInThePark (@JamalCoimbra) May 13, 2019
Feels great, doesn't it? Congratulations fellow graduate ❤
— 💖 Monique- 39 Days-SPNDallas 💖 (@OneTrueMo1) May 13, 2019
— Didem 🇹🇷 (@Didem_ae) May 11, 2019
Berklee recognizes talent, hard work, and class!👏👏👏
— Andrew Knutton (@DrewKnutton) May 12, 2019
But not everybody cheered the announcement of Dr. Timberlake.
— Andrea Reed (@areed79) May 12, 2019
Some defended Justin’s honorary degree, though.
I think he's worked fairly hard his entire life in the music field. He's a master of music. How doesn't he qualify?
— Andrew Moran (@AndyrewMoran) May 12, 2019
Others shared their stories of education in later life.
That's awesome and inspirational!! Thank you for being a teacher.
— Passionate Curiosity (@Passion8Curious) May 11, 2019
— jami k (@jamingeorge04) May 12, 2019
It is kind of odd when universities award honorary doctorates to famous people like Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot who, some could argue, have already received significant recognition from their professions.
Students who’ve put in the hard work to earn that degree might feel cheapened. But it’s also true that some learn way more outside of a classroom. Why not honor both styles of education?