Brown to Bestow Honorary Degrees on Robert De Niro, Daveed Diggs & 4 Others

Friday, April 21, 2017
GoLocalProv LIfestyle Team

Robert De Niro
Brown University will bestow honorary degrees on actor Robert De Niro and rapper Daveed Diggs during the schools 249th Commencement ceremony that is set to take place on May 28. 

Robert De Niro 

De Niro won his first Academy Award for best supporting actor for “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974. Six years later, he received the Oscar for best actor for his performance in “Raging Bull.” 

In 2009, De Niro received the Kennedy Center Honors and the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. In 2011, he served as jury president of the Cannes Film Festival and was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. 

He is co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company based in New York City. 

Daveed Diggs
Daveed Diggs 

Diggs rose to fame on the New York theatre scene following Tony-winning performance in the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton.” For these roles, Diggs also earned a Lucille Lortel Award for best supporting actor. 

He is currently guest starring on ABC’s “Blackish” and will appear in HBO’s mockumentary “Tour de Pharmacy” alongside Andy Samberg and Will Forte.

Currently, he is producing a comedy pilot for ABC. Diggs earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown in 2004 with a theatre arts concentration.

Diggs will deliver the Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2017 on Saturday afternoon in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. 

Other Honorary Degrees 

Brown will bestow four other honorary degrees during the ceremony. 

Recipients of those degreed include visual science expert Donald Hood, businesswoman Indra Nooyi, business executive Richard Parsons and poet Rosmarie Waldrop. 

  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.

    Class of 1983

    B.A., American History

    Son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  • Amy Carter


    Was pursuing a degree in Womens's Studies

    Daughter of former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter 

  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

    Class of 1897

    Son of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. 

  • Alexandra Forbes Kerry

    Class of 2002

    B.A., Anthropology, Modern Culture and Media

    Daughter of John Kerry

  • Eva Amurri

    Class of 2007

    B.A., Italian Studies

    Daughter of Susan Sarandon and director Franco Amurri

  • Sasha Spielberg

    Class of 2012

    Daughter of director Steven Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw

  • Lucy DeVito

    Class of 2009

    B.A., Theatre Arts


    Daughter of actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman

  • Scout Willis

    Class of 2014

    B.A., Literary Arts

    Daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

  • Kate Burton

    Class of 1979

    B.A., Russian studies and European history

    Daughter of Richard Burton


  • Dhani Harrison

    Class of 2001

    B.A., Visual Arts

    Son of George Harrison

    Photo by Susan Beals

  • Chloe Malle

    Class of 2008

    B.A., Literary Arts and Comparative Literature

    Daughter of Candice Bergen and the late director Louis Malle

    Social Editor, Vogue

  • Princess Theodora

    Class of 2006

    B.A., Theatre Arts

    Princess of Greece and Denmark

    Daughter of former King Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark.

  • Emma Watson

    Class of 2014

    B.A., English Literature

    Actress, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • Leila Pahlavi

    B.A., Comparative Literature

    Class of 1992

    Daughter of the exiled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran

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