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American Actress, Viola Davis earns honorary doctorate at US University

American actress, Viola Davis has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Letters by the University of Rhodes Island, Kingston in the the United States.

The University of Rhodes Island, United States awarded Viola an honorary Doctorate of Letters. She was honored in recognition of her professional and personal achievement according to the university’s website.

Viola was born in South Carolina but she spent her formative years in Central Falls, Rhode Island. She majored in theater at Rhode Island College for her undergraduate studies before attending Julliard in New York City.

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She continues to pour into the community where she was raised, supporting the arts and education organizations throughout the state. In 2013, Viola was honored with an award for “Making A Difference” by her alma mater, Rhode Island College.

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Viola is one of the 19 individuals to achieve EGOT status, a designation given to those who have won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. In 2015, she became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her television role in How to Get Away with Murder.

She received an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2017 and was honored by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2023, she received a Grammy Award for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording, for her memoir Finding Me.

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This is the third honorary doctorate she holds an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College, and another from Julliard College.


The president of the University of Rhodes Island, Marc Parlange said that Viola is being recognized because her life and work inspire the university, and she has achieved and contributed a lot in the fields of arts, philanthropy, business, and public service.

”Each of our recipients has had a meaningful impact on their field, our state, and the world, and they embody the values we work to instill in all our students. We warmly welcome them into the URI community, and I look forward to honoring them during our commencement activities next month,” he said.


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In a similar story, American Legend rapper, Earl Stevens popularly known as E-40 has been awarded an Honourary Doctorate Degree in Music by Grambling State University in Louisiana, United States.

E-40 was once a student of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU). He attended the institution for a year in 1986 before his rise to fame and has since remained close to the school.

The President of Grambling State University (GSU), Rick Gallot, expressed the university’s gratitude to E-40 for his generous donations. Read more about E-40 HERE.


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