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Aretha Franklin is a ‘doctor’ of soul

Aretha Franklin is a ‘doctor’ of soul

JUST CALL HER DR. FRANKLIN:Singer Aretha Franklin waves while standing to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree as Chilean author Isabel Allende, left, and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, right, look on during Harvard commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 29, in Cambridge, Mass. Photo: Associated Press/Steven Senne

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — “Doctor of Soul?”

Aretha Franklin has received an honorary degree from Harvard University — making her a doctor of arts.

The Queen of Soul performed at commencement exercises yesterday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the Ivy League school is located.

She accompanied herself on the piano as she sang the national anthem.

Others who also got degrees yesterday from Harvard include former president George H.W. Bush and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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