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Angela Bassett receives third degree from Yale University

By Tanya Robinson,

Angela Bassett received an honorary doctorate degree from her alma mater, Yale University, on Monday (May 21). The Oscar-nominated actress was named one of the school’s 10 honorary degree recipients for the year 2018. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elizabeth Alexander, and Willie Ruff are just a few of the honorees.

Bassett’s Doctorate of Fine Arts degree is the third the Black Panther star has received Yale. She earned her B.A. in African American studies in 1980 and completed her M.F.A. at Yale School of Drama in 1983.

“Hey Everybody you good? My heart is full! God blessed me REAL good!” Bassett wrote on her Instagram page in a video of the moment. “Thank you @yale for this blessed honor!”

Vice President for Communications Eileen O’Connor told the Yale Daily News, “We are absolutely thrilled to honor the ten honorants. They are all deserving of the degrees and [were chosen] through a process of careful selection, and we’re really excited to have them here to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2018.”


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