George H.W. Bush Gets Honorary Degree From Harvard

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Former President George H.W. Bush, who graduated from Yale in 1948, received an honorary Doctorate of Law from rival Harvard.

Bush was one of eight people to receive an honorary degree on Thursday. Others include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Franklin also sang the national anthem.

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Graduates and guests showed their appreciation for the President. But he was also given a hard time for being a cheerleader while at Yale.

Bush was honored by Harvard earlier this month when the Kennedy museum awarded him a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. But he was unable to attend. His granddaughter accepted on his behalf.

Bush and former First Lady Barbara are spending the summer at their compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Aretha Franklin (left), Michael Bloomberg (center), and George H.W. Bush (right) at Harvard’s commencement ceremony. (Courtesy: Harvard)