Berklee College of Music presented Lucinda Williams with an honorary doctor of music degree during their 2017 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13th.

The singer-songwriter was one of only five to be given honorary degrees by Berklee during its 2017 commencement.
On her facebook page, Lucinda said....“As someone whose life has been dedicated to writing and playing music, and the long path of continuing to try to master both crafts, being honored by an institution that helps others find their way to a life in music is the truest honor of all”.

Also among Berklee’s 2017 honorary degree recipients were Lionel Richie and Todd Rundgren. Rundgren also gave the commencement address to this year’s graduates of the renowned Boston-based music school.
Past recipients of honorary degrees from Berklee College of Music include Duke Ellington, who was the first in 1971, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Alison Krauss and more.

Williams has released 13 albums since she first hit the scene in 1979. She has won three Grammy Awards and two Americana Music Awards, including the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2011.