Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown, left, and members of the musical group the Eagles: Don Henley, second from left; Glenn Frey, third from left; Joe Walsh, third from right; and Timothy Schmit, second from right; and Berklee Senior Vice President for Academic Affiars/Provost Lawrence Simpson pose for a photo after the presentation of honorary [auth] doctors of music degrees during the commencement ceremony at Agganis Arena in Boston, Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Chitose Suzuki) BOSTON GLOBE OUT; METRO BOSTON OUT; MAGS OUT; ONLINE OUT
BOSTON (AP) — The largest independent college of contemporary music in the world has awarded honorary degrees to the Eagles and Grammy Award-winning country singer Alison Krauss at a ceremony in Boston.
The city’s Berklee College of Music also has honored influential Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, an alumnus.
The artists were honored during the school’s commencement ceremony Saturday.
Students paid tribute to the artists with a concert featuring their music. More than 900 students from 58 countries graduated from Berklee this year.
Eagles Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit didn’t perform at the nonprofit school.
Berklee says its alumni include Quincy Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Diana Krall, Joey Kramer, Natalie Maines, John Mayer, Aimee Mann, Branford Marsalis, Melissa Etheridge and Gary Burton, who have won a total of 221 Grammys.