David Bowie Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

David Bowie received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Saturday, joining the company of such musicians as Sting, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, all of whom have received similar degrees from the school.

Bowie was on hand to deliver a commencement speech during Berklee's graduation ceremonies at Boston's Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, and had attended a concert the previous night in which Berklee students covered songs from Bowie's more than thirty year career.

For his 15-minute speech, Bowie told stories involving such past collaborators as Brian Eno and John Lennon, and said his relationship with the late Beatle was sometimes similar to that of "Beavis and Butt-head on 'Crossfire,'" according to a report in "The Boston Globe."

Also receiving an honorary degree from Berklee was jazz composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, the Weather Report co-founder who has also played with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, the Rolling

Stones, and Joni Mitchell, among others.