Actor and director Ben Affleck received the honorary doctorate degree from Brown University during a special ceremony held on Sunday. The Academy-Award winning actor uttered an emotional speech thanking everyone for the support they have shown during his career, says the Associated Press.
Ben Affleck has had lots of career achievements last year and the board of directors at the Brown University decided to award the 40-year-old actor with an honorary doctorate degree. The “Argo” star was not the only one to be awarded during Sunday’s ceremony; he was surrounded by five more artists, writers and scientists who were also honored by the Ivy League school.
The Academy Award-winning star received a doctor of fine arts degree for the numerous achievements he has had in the past years in the Hollywood industry. He directed, produced and starred in “Argo”, the film which received numerous awards including this year’s Oscar Award for Best Picture, but had many other remarkable interpretations since he first started his Hollywood career. The actor was not prepared for a speech, but was convinced to say a few words by the crowd. After thanking some of the most important persons in his life, Affleck made a joke saying that in term of higher education, he has now passed Matt Damon, his longtime friend and movie co-star.
More than 2,400 degrees have been conferred by the university during the Sunday’s ceremony. Author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz, retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan, medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron were the other honorees who received the doctorate degree. Ben Affleck, like the rest of the honorees, was wearing the brown toga and the black bonnet of the Brown University.