Legendary R&B singer Patti LaBelle will receive an honorary doctorate from Temple University at the school’s commencement ceremony in May.
LaBelle, a Philadelphia native, will receive an honorary doctor of human letters from her hometown university.
Labelle began her singing career more than 40 years ago as the lead singer of the Bluebelles, and has two Grammy Awards numerous hit records to her credit.
Labelle has also become a humanitarian and worked to raise awareness about cancer, AIDS and diabetes issues as a spokesperson for the American Diabetic and Dietic Associations, the National Cancer Institute and the National Minority AIDS Council.
The songstress’ relationship with Temple began two years ago when she partnered with the university to raise awareness about diabetes, a condition which she suffers from.
“Patti LaBelle has led a life of incredible achievement in the performing and recording industries. She has used her status as a public figure to bring attention to serious health issues, helping to save countless lives,” Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart said in a press release. “We are delighted to honor this native Philadelphian for her professional excellence and her selfless service to others.”
LaBelle has also received the National Urban League’s Humanitarian Award and the United Negro College Fund’s Award of Excellence.