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The Eagles Among Berklee College Doctorate of Music Honorees

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The music school also will present honorary degrees to Alison Krauss and Ethiopia's Mulatu Astatke; previous recipients include Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Steven Tyler.

For 41 years, Berklee College of Music has been presenting honorary doctorate in music degrees to influential figures in the music industry.

This year’s honorees are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles, 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss and Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.

They will receive their degrees during the Berklee’s commencement ceremony May 12 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Keeping with tradition, on the night before the ceremony, Berklee students will play a concert at Agganis featuring music associated with the honorees’ careers. The show and the commencement are not open to the public.

The Eagles, Krauss and Astatke will join an elite group that includes Duke Ellington (Berklee’s first honorary degree recipient in 1971), Berklee alum Quincy Jones (1983), David Bowie (1999), Steven Tyler (2003) and Aretha Franklin (2006).