Lady Gaga Gets ‘Honorary Degree’ From MTV

11:09 AM PST 05/19/2011 by Steven Chaitman
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MtvU plans programming based on the "Born This Way" singer's impact on college campuses and message of individuality.

 

Lady Gaga will earn an "honorary degree" Thrusday from mtvU for her influence the lives of college students. The "Born This Way" singer will be one of three artists and activists recognized on MTV's 24-hour college network for making an impact on college campuses across the nation.

According to MTV, Gaga "has spearheaded a musical revolution and continues to send an inspirational message to college student everywhere."  She will be honored in programming that airs Thursday at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

In addition to commending Gaga's message of individuality as demonstrated in the title track of her forthcoming album, the program will highlight the performer's recent partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation to provide a million dollars to the homeless youth of New York City.

Gaga will receive her "degree" after Comedy Central viral video guru Daniel Tosh and Ted Olson, a conservative lawyer fighting against California's ban on same-sex marriage. MTV's college network has been awarding "honorary degrees" to influential individuals who resonate with college students since 2005.

The programming begins with Olson's degree at 1 p.m. ET/PT and will also be available on demand at mtvU.com.

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