Yale’s honorary doctorate for Macca
NEW HAVEN: Paul McCartney can now add one more honour to the numerous awards, accolades and the knighthood he has already received. The ex-Beatle on May 26 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University.
In granting the honorary degree to McCartney — Sir Paul McCartney since he was knighted in 1996 — the university said no one compares with the legendary songwriter.
Yale said the 65-year-old McCartney awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock, roll, rhythm and blues.
A band played Hey Jude, a Beatles hit, as McCartney walked on stage to accept the honorary degree. Yale University President Richard Levin evoked some of the songwriter’s most memorable lines.
“Here, there and everywhere,” Levin said, quoting a line from a Beatles song, “you have pushed the boundaries of the familiar to create new classics. We admire your musical genius and your generous support of worthy causes.”