Paging Doctor Rucker…Darius Rucker Earns Honorary Doctorate
This is one doctor that I wouldn’t mind seeing. Former [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hootie and the Blowfish[/lastfm] turned country superstar, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Darius Rucker[/lastfm] was given an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for his work in the community.
“The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is my home, it’s where mother worked for 30 years. It was where I ate, where I got my clothes — everything about the university was home to me. So to be asked years later to come back and give a speech at graduation, and be presented with an honorary doctorate, was a big deal to me.”
Darius showed his appreciation to more than 800 graduates during his commencement speech. “I want to thank you for saying to the world, ‘ ‘I’m going to take my brains, my talents and my smarts, and I’m going to make the world a better place.’ “
Seven fellow doctoral candidates were lucky enough to share a bottle of champagne and a toast on-stage with the “Alright” singer.
Darius said he had to wonder what some of the students’ parents thought of him as the guest speaker. “Here they’ve spent all this money on their kids’ education, and they find out that I am going to be their guest speaker. But it was one of those honors that is unbelievable, one you don’t expect to happen. I even asked my lawyer if I could check off ’Dr.’ in those spaces on application and he said legally I can!”
Darius has been a long supporter of education. He and his wife Beth serve on the board of the Children’s Hospital and have made significant donations to the university. In addition, the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation helps underprivileged children obtain an education.
The honorary diploma will be proudly displayed in Darius’ Charleston home so “everyone will know to call me Dr. Rucker!”