Over the weekend, Oprah Winfrey furthered her credible title as “Doctor.” From two different colleges, she received separate honorary degrees.
NEW YORK/MASSACHUSETTS — “Yes, you can call me Dr. Winfrey,” says Oprah.
Along with a lifetime of achievements, Dr. Winfrey’s accolades continue to stack “ever in her favor.”
Oprah began her assault on mediocrity via Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She was scheduled to speak at the school’s Spring 2017 commencement ceremony.
“I want to talk about my dream for you. Being able to make the right choice based on the truth that is you; that is the dream and hope that I have for you today.”
According to the college, Dr. Winfrey spoke to 624 graduating students during the event.
The source says she was invited to celebrate Mohau Mazibuko, whom Winfrey calls her “daughter” due to her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Her girls call her “Mom Oprah.”
While speaking, Winfrey ended up with a take-home present, herself: an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree. Another name for this degree is the D.Litt. It’s the highest degree one can achieve in Humanities.
The University of Queensland elaborates further regarding the degree’s specifics.
“This award is designed to give formal public recognition to eminent scholars who have made substantial, original and distinguished contributions to knowledge in the humanities.”
On to the next…
After celebrating at Skidmore College on Saturday, she moved on to Smith College for its Sunday commencement in Northampton, Massachusetts. As you can see from the video below, Dr. Winfrey walks in with the ceremonial procession.
Similarly, Oprah was there for another of her “daughters”: Nonkululeko (Morgan) Mpungose. Oprah says she watched Mpungose — of whom was handpicked to attend Winfrey’s school — transform over the years. She couldn’t be more proud.
During Oprah’s speech, she basically gave the graduating class secrets to her success.
Essentially, it’s about a paradigm shift. According to Smith College, she mentions as follows.
“This understanding that there is an alignment between who you are and what you do is the real, true empowerment.”
The source also mentions that Oprah’s career turning point was when she decided she’d “no longer be used by television.”
“I would use television to create a platform that could be of service to its viewers. Shift the paradigm to service and the rewards will come.”
Smith College’s report doesn’t specify which honorary doctorate Winfrey received.
But get this…
These colleges aren’t the first to give Oprah Winfrey honorary doctorates. She has long had the title of “Doctor,” but she’s remained humble about it. Winfrey actually has a long list of honorary doctorates in her collection.
Just to name a couple of extras, she has an honorary doctorate in education from University of the Free State — South Africa, according to ABC-7 News. Likewise, she’s also received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Harvard University, as reports Daily Mail.
These two schools weren’t the first on Oprah’s speaking engagements for last week. According to her, she has nine altogether.
Before her commencement speeches at Skidmore and Smith, she gave speeches earlier in the week at Agnes Scott College and Johnson C. Smith University.
At Agnes Scott, Oprah was there to support “daughter” Sithoko.
If you’re interested in her Agnes Scott speech, you can watch via the video below.
Likewise, according to WCNC-2 News, she was at Johnson C. Smith University for “daughters” Thando Dlomo and Mpumi Nobiva.
“Your crown has been paid for, and your No.1 job is to put it on your head and wear it. We have each been, as Maya Angelou used to say to me, paid for.”
That’s magnificent excellence. Oprah is quite the inspiration.
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