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Darius Rucker recently donned a cap and gown for the May commencement ceremonies at the Medical University of South Carolina. The "This" singer gave words of encouragement to the students as nearly 800 men and women received degrees from the university, while Darius himself received an honorary degree. "I'm a dreamer; I dreamt about grades, I dreamt about records, selling a lot of records—and I never let myself dream that someday somebody would ask me to come speak to MUSC graduates," said Darius. "This is an honor for me. Thank you so much for trusting me with this humble task, and I want to make you proud.”
Darius was given an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his work with the MUSC Children's Hospital, where Darius serves on the board with wife Beth. Darius' mother is an employee of MUSC. "I want to say what an honor this is to be here with you," Darius told the students. "I got to go to one graduation in my life and that was Middleton High School right down the road."
He also shared the humorous reaction from one of his children when Darius’ wife told her that he had received an honorary degree. “She said, 'What? He didn't have to go to school?'" Darius said with a laugh.
The singer said the accomplishment will be prominently displayed in his home foyer. “That way everyone will know to call me Dr. Rucker,” he said, jokingly. “The first person in my band that does not call me ‘Dr. Rucker’ does not have a job!”