Feeling the loss of Aretha Franklin today, a 2012 honorary degree recipient.
“The first woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the #1 “Greatest Singer of the Rock Era,” she earned her legendary status in American culture as a result of her virtuosic vocals that fundamentally and forever transformed the world of popular music. She pioneered an impeccably bold and fearless, affective and affecting style of performance that calls upon listeners to journey to the depths of her soul and, in so doing, discover their own. With her singular “Amazing Grace,” she continues to traverse musical bridges “over troubled water,” and by reminding us to “think,” “do right” and “call” on her, the Queen of Soul will forever command the world’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

Feeling the loss of Aretha Franklin today, a 2012 honorary degree recipient.

“The first woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the #1 “Greatest Singer of the Rock Era,” she earned her legendary status in American culture as a result of her virtuosic vocals that fundamentally and forever transformed the world of popular music. She pioneered an impeccably bold and fearless, affective and affecting style of performance that calls upon listeners to journey to the depths of her soul and, in so doing, discover their own. With her singular “Amazing Grace,” she continues to traverse musical bridges “over troubled water,” and by reminding us to “think,” “do right” and “call” on her, the Queen of Soul will forever command the world’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”