More than 1,000 graduates from 67 countries and 47 U.S. states received degrees at Berklee College of Music’s 2019 commencement. At the ceremony, Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctorates to music icons Missy Elliott, Alex Lacamoire, and Justin Timberlake. Lacamoire, a 1995 graduate of the college, delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and an estimated audience of nearly 7,000 guests at Agganis Arena. The annual commencement concert, held the previous evening at Agganis, featured some of the college’s most accomplished students paying tribute to the honorees by performing their music, including Elliott’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Get Ur Freak On,” songs from Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen originally arranged by Lacamoire, and Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body.” Timberlake sang on “Can’t Stop the Feeling!" and all three honorees joined the students on stage during the concert’s finale.
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