Justin Timberlake received an honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music over the weekend.
The “Cry Me A River” singer, Missy Elliot and “Hamilton” composer Alex Lacamoire were among those honored at the commencement ceremony, according to a report published Monday by Entertainment Tonight.
“Oh, y’all messed up giving me this award. I thought I had a big head before,” Timberlake said during his speech. “This is surreal… Can’t tell me nothing now! I’m a doctor!”
Timberlake shared a photo of him with his degree on Instagram. “No Dream is too big!!! Keep chasing!! Trust me … I’m a DOCTOR,” Timberlake, 38, captioned the photo. (RELATED: This Footage Of Justin Timberlake Doing A Happy Gilmore Swing Is Comedy Gold)
Timberlake spoke about failure during his speech and what it means to the students in the crowd.
“You’re defined by what you define failure as. It’s not a thing if it leads you to your success. It’s all part of the journey. You have to appreciate those moments,” Timberlake said.
“Because what happens right after you feel like you failed is who you are and who you will continue to be. … You have to dare to suck. You will never make something great if you are afraid that it’s going to suck, that it’s going to fail. … Your tenacity and your ability to define who you are through those failures will be your ultimate success,” the “Bringing Sexy Back” singer added.