Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree!

Not too long ago Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds received an honorary doctoral degree from IU. Around 300 people gathered Oct. 18 in the IU Auditorium to see Edmonds get his degree. Four Herald Trumpeters kicked off the ceremony as trustees, President Michael McRobbie, Edmonds and more took the stage dressed in robes. “Honorary degrees recognize people of great integrity, who have made profound and enduring contributions to their field,” Provost Lauren Robel said in her welcoming speech. “I really can think of no better recipient for this honor than Mr. Edmonds.” Edmonds has received 11 Grammys for his work, as well as a three-year run as producer of the year. He has worked with such artists as Madonna, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson. Edmonds said as a young man, he was generally very quiet because he wasn’t sure what to say or how to say it. “I didn’t have a voice,” Edmonds said. “Music — throughout elementary school and junior high school, through high school — it’s what gave me a voice.” Everyone here at Isina is so proud of Babyface's accomplishment and we can’t wait to see what else he has in store!

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