Oprah Gets an Honorary Degree from Harvard

Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest women in America, put on a cap and gown earlier today to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Harvard University and then gave the commencement speech.


Oprah took the crowd through her journey from rural Mississippi to Cambridge and the many places (and faces) in between. The TV mogul declared that her speech was for those who “felt screwed by life.” From there, she discussed her teenage years, how last year was the worst of her professional life, and how this commencement speech helped her decide to turn things around (Spoiler: She sings!). “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,” she told the graduates. She then shared with them the one question everyone from President Obama to Beyoncé has asked her at the end of her more than 35,000 interviews: “Was that okay?”


"Thank you for your incredible service.  I never had a chance to study for an academic degree when I was younger, and I always felt that this held me back in life.  This has finally leveled the playing field for me, and now I can hold my head up a little higher as I introduce myself as an honorary doctor.  Thanks again." 

-- Andrew M. Abel,

Dr. h.c. of Religious Economics (Brisbane, Australia)

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