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It's that time of year again! Time to stock up on school supplies & school accessories and head back to school. That hellishly depressing (or glorious, depending on whether or not you own any small children) period when the youngest, most naïve humans in our society are rounded up and forced brutishly into exile inside huge prison-like edifices where they are forced, for hours upon hours each day, to learn math.

On the brighter side of things, this is usually a pretty good time to go drop some cash on a swaggy new backpack and some art supplies, which you (or your children) will then use to painstakingly cling to sanity during the coming months of darkness. But what are the most popular brands of school supplies? Which school supplies are the best? Look at all the different types of adhesives! That backpack has kittens on it!

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<![CDATA[All Ivy League Colleges Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-ivy-league-colleges-ranked/college-info
This blog features all Ivy League colleges and is ranked from the highest-rated universities to the lowest-rated ones, based on votes from the Ranker community. The famous Ivy League is comprised of eight different colleges in the Northeastern United States and has connotations of academic excellence, a careful selection process of students and social elitism. But which Ivy League school is the best of the best?

Originally the phrase “Ivy League” referred to as a sports collegiate athletic conference but later broadened to include superiority in academics, with a focus on educational philosophy inherent to the America’s oldest schools. In fact, seven of the eight Ivy League colleges were founded in the Colonial Period, with the exception of Cornell, which was founded in 1865.
Ivy League schools are typically viewed internationally as some of the most prestigious in the world and all eight universities placed within the top twenty of the 2014 university rankings in U.S. News and World Report.
This list features all eight Ivy League Colleges. Cast your votes for which of these great schools are the best!

Brown University
Founded in 1764 under the name "College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is well known for its successful men's soccer team, which consistently ranks among the top 25 teams nationwide. Academically, Brown is most known for its highly-regarded programs in English and history, and the highly ranked Warren Alpert Medical School.
Columbia University
Founded in 1754 as "King's College" in New York, New York, Columbia University sits on 36 acres. Columbia’s graduate programs include the highly ranked Business School, Teachers College, Law School, and Mailman School of Public Health. It also has a well-known Journalism department.
Cornell University
Founded in 1865, Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York and has more than 500 student organizations on campus. It also has a strong hockey program and is most known for its coveted College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dartmouth College
Founded in 1769 and located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College has approximately 6,100 enrolled students, nearly 25 percent of which participate in its NCAA Division I varsity sports. Dartmouth is most famous for its Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Geisel School of Medicine.
Harvard University
Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 1636, under the name "New College." Harvard is known for having great programs for science, law, and the medical fields.
Princeton University
Princeton, in Princeton, New Jersey, was founded in 1746 under the name "College of New Jersey." It has approximately 7,500 enrolled students and though it offers fewer programs than other Ivy League schools,, almost all of its programs are highly rated - especially programs such as economics, mathematics, and physics.
University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1740 as "Unnamed Charity School," the University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has approximately 20,500 enrolled students. Penn has several highly-ranked graduate programs including the School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School, and School of Medicine.
Yale University
Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, was founded in 1701 under the name "Collegiate School." It has great programs for science and medicine, and is also famous for having excellent Masters programs, especially in medical studies.

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<![CDATA[Being a Student Is . . .]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/advice-for-students/ellie1
Being a student isn't always as easy as it sounds. Sure, there are the parties, the booze, the moving away from home and living without your parents - but there's also a whole lot of stress, worry, studying, and exams. It's an experience everyone lives differently, affected by location, campus size, their major. There is no one word to sum up being a student, as there are so many different ways to look at it, but this list attempts to cover every element. 

What is it like being a student? This collection of descriptions has it covered, with everything from how being a student is an investment in your future, to how sometimes it can nevertheless be dull. There are opportunities everywhere you turn in student life, if only you can be bothered to take them, and sometimes you meet friends who will stay with you for life. Keep an eye out for that one word you feel describes what being a student is really like. 

Think something's missing? Then add it to the bottom of the list! Be sure to vote on the words you think perfectly sum up student life, and downvote the ones you don't agree with. 

With a more independent learning style, not being helped through everything can be hard.
Having Opportunity
Internships, experience, volunteering - endless opportunities.
Living on a budget is not easy - and student living isn't cheap!
It's all worth it when you come out with a degree.
An Investment In Your Future
Bettering yourself for the adult world and getting the job you dreamed of.
Day after day of 9 am lectures can really get to you.
A particularly bad symptom during exam season.
You learn a lot about other people and how to interact in certain situations.
Three novels a week, four papers, five writing assignments - the list goes on.
Pushing the boundaries of what you know with increasingly difficult theories.

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<![CDATA[Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretentious-words/devon-ashby
What are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter? There are plenty of pretentious vocabulary words people frequently mispronounce. The English language is a mash-up of so many different languages and influences that it can be hard to keep up with new additions, but some words are just so impossible it seems like they're trying to screw you up on purpose. Below are some of the worst examples of pretentious, unpronounceable words people use to try to sound cool.

KEEN-wah -- A recently trendy food staple, the Western harvesting of which is currently condemning scores of indigenous people to starvation and poverty. (It's really high in vegan proteins, though!)
UHH-vv -- An individual artist's entire body of work. Kind of hard to pronounce even when you technically do know how to pronounce it, honestly.
ah-sah-EE -- An extremely overpriced berry that mostly contains stuff you can get from orange juice.
FUH -- Most people mispronounce the name of this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, causing them to tragically miss out on a universe of immature jokes and puns.
kwah-FYOOR -- A hairstyle which is expensive, time-consuming, and often ginormous.
day-noo-MAHN -- The end of a story, but French.
on-WEE -- A consuming, Goth-like sense of boredom.
shar-KOO-tuh-REE -- A big plate of cold cuts, cheese, and sometimes olives/pickles/etc. Except that it's French.
shuh-MEEZ -- The sexually-repressed term for a "sexy" nightie.
ho-HO-buh -- A Mexican shrub nut which, like other nuts, contains oil that people like to put in moisturizers to make them seem more exotic. Also colorfully known as "goat nut."

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<![CDATA["Ivy Leagues" (Academic Powerhouse Leagues)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/-and-quot_ivy-leagues-and-quot_-_academic-powerhouse-leagues_/admiralcrunch
If you've read my lists, you already know that the official Ivy League is actually an athletic conference that happens to comprise some of the most prestigious schools in the nation. There are several conferences including the NESCAC, UAA, the Centennial Conference and the SCAC (r.i.p.) that were deliberately formed around academic excellence.  There are others like the Patriot League and the Liberty League that may have also been organized around academic reputation in addition to the schools' relative locations and sizes, but I'll have to do more research to verify that.  

This list of braniac leagues is mostly just for fun, but it could possibly be useful to college applicants.  If a student looking at top name schools needs more choices, checking out athletic rivals in conferences filled with great schools could be smart in case the slightly less well-known or less selective institutions share a lot of the same strengths and attributes.

In my other lists, I used a scoring system based on a small set of metrics (most of the data comes from U.S. News & World Report).   The data includes:  % freshmen retention + % graduate rate + % of classes with 20 or fewer students - % of classes with 50 or more students + % of students in the 10% of their high school classes + % of alumni donation.

A perfect score on that scale would be 500, and the highest scoring school when I made the lists in 2013 was Princeton with a score of 410.  Only about 8% of schools scored 300 and above. For this list, a "national powerhouse" school is any school scoring 300 and above while a "regional powerhouse" is a school scoring 250 to 299.  

Largely based on standards from education expert John Palladino, the minimum score, using my formula, for school to have the qualities making it a place he'd recommend would be about 164.  So for this list, we'll call the schools scoring below 250 but above 164 "contenders".  However, the lowest scoring school in the leagues listed came in at 229.

This list may not be complete, and it includes one conference that no longer exists in its "powerhouse" form.  Also, there are noticeable number of elite schools that won't be found here, many of them Division I schools in the Southeast that have long traditions of playing field rivalries.  As an example, that tradition edged out the idea of a "Magnolia League" in the South which may have included Duke, Wake Forest, Tulane, and Rice in hopes of rivaling the Ivy League.  

Meanwhile, the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) which has "national powerhouse" schools Duke, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, UVA, Boston College, UNC Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, and U.Miami, along with Clemson, Syracuse, the University of Pittsburgh, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and NC State came in at 294.9. Without the University of Louisville's score of 188, the league would have had an average score of 302.5, as the other institutions scored between 382 and 233.  I'd tell the Cardinals to step it up, but there are a lot of reputable schools, particularly public schools, that score below 200.   

Furthermore, awesome schools like Grinnell, Northwestern, Stanford, Whitman, Georgtown, Carleton, and Macalester are in leagues that might not have the same unified strength, but can't be overlooked because they're not in a "brainy league."  Last, schools like Reed College and St. John's College (Maryland) don't even compete in NCAA athletics. :) 


New England Women and Men's Athletic Conference
Average Score: 309.6   NEWMAC is an NCAA Division III conference founded in 1985. As mentioned above the Seven Sisters schools are often grouped with the Little Ivies, but with the exceptions of Vassar (Liberty League), Bryn Mawr (Centennial), and Barnard (Ivy League), compete in NEWMAC.  

NEWMAC's top scoring school is M.I.T. followed by fellow "national powerhouse" schools Wellesley, Smith, Mount Holyoke, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Worcester Polytechnic, and "regional powerhouses" Wheaton College (Massachusetts), Emerson College, Clark University, and Babson College; and "contender" school, Springfield College. 

Liberty League
Average Score: 302.9  The Liberty League is an NCAA Division III league founded in 1995.  All eleven member institutions are in Upstate New York. (The conference was originally named the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.)  

The highest scoring school is Vassar followed by fellow "national powerhouses" Bard, Union, Skidmore, and St. Lawrence; "regional powerhouses" Hobart & William Smith and Rensselaer Polytechnic; and strong "contender" schools Clarkson and Rochester Institute of Technology.  

By the way, it kills me that Rensselaer didn't score high enough to be a national powerhouse.  Its reputation is national powerhouse, so I imagine that must confuse people who know the school well.  

North Coast Athletic Conference
Score: 301.1   The NCAC is an NCAA Division III conference founded in 1983.  The league pride itself on academic excellence, and all ten members are "tier one" schools in U.S. News' national liberal arts college list. 

The highest scoring school in the NCAC is Oberlin, followed by fellow "national powerhouse" schools Kenyon, Denison, DePauw, and Wabash; "regional powerhouse schools" College of Wooster, Allegheny College, and Ohio Wesleyan; and strong "contender" schools, Hiram College and Wittenberg University.  
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Average Score: 319.3.  Far older than the Ivy League, the SCIAC is an NCAA Division III conference founded in 1915. (The NCAA, itself, was founded in 1906.)  The Claremont Consortium schools compete collectively with teams from Pomona and Pitzer combined while Claremont McKenna joins up with Harvey Mudd and Scripps. Thus, the SCIAC has twelve schools, but nine teams.

The top scoring school in the SCIAC is Pomona, followed by fellow "national powerhouses" Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, CalTech, Occidental, Pitzer; "regional powerhouses" Chapman, University of Redlands, Whittier, California Lutheran University, and "contender" University of La Verne.      
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (from 2012)
Average Score: 301.8   The SCAC is an NCAA Division III conference founded in 1962. Like the NESCAC, it's organized around academic excellence.  The conference split in 2012, however, as the vast geographical area it covered made competition unworkable.  

The eastern portion of the SCAC is now the SAA (Southern Athletic Association) and consists of Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe, Rhodes College, and the University of the South (Sewanee).  The SAA on its own just misses the list of "Powerhouse Leagues" at 291.6. The western portion, still known as the SCAC, scores lower. 

The 2012 roster of the SCAC was led by Colorado College, followed by fellow "national powerhouses" Centre College, Sewanee, Rhodes, Southwestern University, and Hendrix; "Regional Powerhouses" Trinity University, Millsaps College, Birmingham Southern College, and a very strong "contender" school, Oglethorpe University.  

Like Renssaler, the fact that Trinity University isn't a "national powerhouse" makes me grumpy. 

Centennial Conference
Average Score: 333.  The Centennial Conference is an NCAA Division III league founded in 1981. (The logo says 1992, doesn't it? According to Wikipedia, the league expanded from a football conference to an "all-sport" conference and added new "charter members" in 1992.)  

Like the NESCAC and the UAA, Centennial was also organized around the members' strong academic reputations.  

The top scoring school is Haverford followed by fellow "national powerhouse" schools Swarthmore, Johns Hopkins, Bryn Mawr tied with Gettysburg, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Muhlenberg, and Ursinus; and "regional powerhouses," McDaniel and Washington College. 
University Athletic Association
Average Score: 339.6.  The UAA is an NCAA Division III league founded in 1986 and formed around academic excellence.  They are sometimes called the "Brainy Eight" or the "Egghead Eight". When Johns Hopkins was a member, it was the "Nerdy Nine."  The fact that the members are considered large research universities instead of little liberal arts schools, and yet choose Division III competition says a lot about the focus of studies over sports while encouraging school spirit by competing against like-minded opponents.   

All eight schools are "national powerhouses."   The top scoring school is University of Chicago, followed by Washington University in St. Louis, Emory, Carnegie Mellon, Brandeis, University of Rochester, Case Western and NYU.  

U. Rochester also competes with a second "brainiac league" but I'm only including its score here.  

Patriot League
Average Score: 321.3  The Patriot League is an NCAA Division I league founded in 1986.  According to Wikipedia, after the Ivy League, the Patriot League is the most selective group of higher education institutions in Division I.   

The top scoring school is Colgate, followed by fellow "national powerhouses" College of the Holy Cross tied with Navy (US Naval Academy), Army (US Military Academy), Lehigh, Lafayette, and Bucknell, and "regional powerhouses" Boston University, American University and Loyola University of Maryland. 

If calling Boston University a "regional" school sounds weird to you, then I agree.  I may need a new term.   

The Ivy League
Average Score:  386.   The Ivy League is an NCAA Division I conference founded in 1954. All eight members are world-renowned "national powerhouses" and most of the schools are considered among the most prestigious in the nation.  

In terms of athletics, Barnard College is also part of the Ivy League as its teams compete through sibling institution, Columbia University.  

 The highest scoring school is Princeton, followed by Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown, Barnard, and Cornell.
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Average Score: 368.7  The NESCAC is an NCAA Division III conference founded in 1971.

The member schools are often called The Little Ivies, though the nickname originally referred only to Amherst, Williams, and Wesleyan.  Colloquially, members of the seven sisters (Wellesley, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, and Smith) and elite schools in Pennsylvania (Swarthmore, Haverford) are often called Little Ivies and sometimes, so is Union College, as it's a former member of the NESCAC.    

All eleven NESCAC schools are "national powerhouses".  The highest scoring school is Williams, followed by Amherst, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Hamilton, Tufts, Colby, Bates, Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and Connecticut College.  

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<![CDATA[The Most Useless College Majors]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-useless-college-majors/school-buddy
This is a list of the most pointless university majors and fields of study guaranteed to not lead to gainful post-graduation employment. In April of 2012, the Daily Beast ran their list of 13 pointless college majors; now it's your turn to sound off on the coursework that will most poorly prepare you to enter the job market.

Often, when students first enter a community college or four-year university program, they're encouraged to pursue a course of study that most interests them. The idea is that they will first become dedicated to, and excited about, learning something, and then they'll eventually figure out how to apply their interests towards pursuing a career. But as the economy continues to struggle, and jobs for recent grads dry up, this philosophy is being reconsidered (as is studying Philosophy in general!)

Graduating with a degree in a humanities subject deemed as "useless" can be a real detriment to finding work post-graduation, even as newly-minted electrical engineers and computer developers get snatched up quickly by startups and tech companies.

This list provides some insight into the majors seen as "most useless" by the public at large. Vote for the departments you'd be least likely to join on your nearest campus, and if we've missed a major you think is utterly without merit, add it at the bottom of the page.


English Literature

Fine art

Gender studies

Peace and conflict studies


Religious Studies

William Shakespeare

Theater Arts

Cooperative Management

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<![CDATA[Princeton Review's List: The Most Beautiful Campuses 2014-15]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/princeton-review-most-beautiful-campuses-2015/college-info
The most beautiful college campuses 2015, ranked by genre experts The Princeton Review. Can an idyllic campus set beside an ocean, between rolling hills, or amid colorful trees increase a student's happiness while walking from class to class? Well, we don't know, but it certainly couldn't hurt. PR's list, posted to their site August 4, 2014, ranks the most beautiful campuses in the U.S. The top 10 spots on the list went to: 1. Colgate University (Hamilton, NY), 2. Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA), 3. Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), 4. Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, VA), 5. Scripps College (Claremont, CA), 6. Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), 7. Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), 8. Ole Miss (University, MS), 9. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), 10. Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL).

Compare the 2014-15 Princeton Review list with our Ultimate List of the most beautiful campuses, and check out this list of the most expensive colleges.



Colgate University

Florida Southern College

Pepperdine University

Princeton University

Rhodes College

Rollins College

Scripps College

Southern Methodist University

Sweet Briar College

University of Mississippi

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<![CDATA[50+ Celebrities Who Went to Harvard]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-harvard/celebrity-lists
This list contains information about celebrities who went to Harvard University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians and politicians attended Harvard University. Some of these celebrities attended Harvard as undergrads while others went to Harvard Law School. One famous actor lived with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore while he attended Harvard.

Who is the most famous person who attended Harvard? Natalie Portman tops this list. The actress graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. degree in psychology in 2003. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky earned a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1991.

Tommy Lee Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Harvard University in 1969. He roomed with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as an upperclassman. Matt Damon studied English and Theater at Harvard University from 1988 to 1992, but he did not graduate. He left in his senior year so that he could appear in the TV film "Geronimo."

Do you think that attending Harvard gave these celebs a leg up in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Amy Brenneman
Amy Brenneman earned a degree in comparative religion from Harvard University in 1987.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1985. He was a writer and president for the Harvard Lampoon during his tenure at the school.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky earned a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1991.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy earned a B.S. in international affairs from Harvard University in 1940.
Matt Damon
Matt Damon studied English and Theater at Harvard University from 1988 to 1992, but he did not graduate. He left in his senior year so that he could appear on the TV film Geronimo.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with an Applied Baccalaureate degree in psychology.
Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones graduated from Harvard University in 1997. While there, she participated in several organizations including the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard Opportunes, and the Black Students Association.
Stockard Channing
After starting her college career at Radcliffe College, Stockard Channing graduated from Harvard University in 1965.
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University in 1969. He roomed with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as an upperclassman.

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<![CDATA[50+ Celebrities Who Went to Yale]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-went-to-yale/celebrity-lists
This list contains information about celebrities who went to Yale University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians attended Yale University. Some of these celebrities received degrees from the Ivy League school, while others dropped out to focus on their careers. Several U.S. Presidents attended Yale University including a father and son.

Who is the most famous person who attended Yale? Meryl Streep tops this list. Streep earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in the 1970s. Jennifer Connelly studied English at Yale from 1988-1989. She later finished out her college education by studying drama at Stanford University

Several famous men also went to Yale. George H. W. Bush graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1948. While there, he was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society. Bush's son, George W. Bush, also attended Yale.

Do you think that attending Yale helped these celebrities succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett earned a B.A. degree in African-American studies from Yale in 1980. She went on to receive her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Claire Danes
Claire Danes studied psychology at Yale University for two years before dropping out to focus on her acting career.
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1981.
Elia Kazan
In the early 1930s, Elia Kazan spent two years studying at the Yale University School of Drama.
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly studied English at Yale from 1988-1989. She later finished out her college education by studying drama at Stanford University.
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster earned a Bachelor's degree in literature from Yale University in 1985.
Kathryn Hahn
Kathryn Hahn studied acting at the Yale School of Drama where she played Sally Bowles in a production of Cabaret.
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in the 1970s.
Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Yale University in 1989. He went on to receive an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. While attending Yale, Giamatti was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman studied acting at the Yale School of Drama for one year before leaving to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

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<![CDATA[53 Celebrities with Honorary Degrees from Harvard]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-honorary-degrees-from-harvard/celebrity-lists
This list contains information about celebrities who have received honorary degrees from Harvard University, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Harvard University was established in 1636 and is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Several famous actors, musicians, authors, and politicians have been awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, which are awarded annually.

Who is the most famous person with an honorary degree from Harvard? Oprah Winfrey tops this list. The talk show queen received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2013. She also delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class.

J. K. Rowling received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008. She delivered the commencement address at the ceremony as well. Al Gore received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1994. The former U.S. Vice President previously graduated cum laude from the prestigious university. Many former U.S. Presidents have received honorary Harvard degrees as well.

What do you think are the qualifications for earning an honorary degree? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1935.
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2014. The Queen of Soul also performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at the commencement ceremony.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2007. He previously dropped out of the university to focus on his company, Microsoft.
George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Harvard University in 2014. The former U.S. President is a graduate of Yale University.
John Lithgow
John Lithgow received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2005. He previously graduated from the university magna cum laude in 1967.
J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2008. She delivered the commencement address at the ceremony.
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2010. The Oscar winner graduated from Yale University in the early 1970s.
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg received an honorary doctorate of law from Harvard University in 2014. The former New York City mayor is an alum of Harvard Business School.
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1998.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2013. She also delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class.

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