Wayne State University has conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Jack White for his philanthropic work to revive Detroit.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, White, who attended film courses at Wayne State in 1994 but could not complete his degree, said “it’s nice to be back here for a different reason.”
“I didn’t attend my [high school] graduation because I didn’t think the cap and gown was worth the money at the time. But I do like the way this looks now,” said the White Stripes frontman.
“I had an epiphany that has stayed with me to this day. That not all of art and creation was by happy accident. That much of it was done with purpose and it was not only okay to do this, but the fulfillment of creativity to be able to convey ideas and metaphors at every possible moment,” the guitarist added.
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