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Ben Affleck's daughter confused by honorary degree

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Two-time academy award winning movie star Ben Affleck received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Brown University, according to Wetpaint on May 30. Affleck gave the commencement speech in which he discussed his daughter, Violet, and her curiosity about his earning a doctorate degree.

The Academy Award-winning actor, Affleck, was among six other artists, educators, writers, and scientists chosen to be given a degree. Brown University, an Ivy League school honored Ben after her film "Argo" won this year's Oscar award for Best Picture.

In the speech the director and actor revealed this is his first college diploma and had told Violet it was “honorary” she replied with, “Why are you doing that Dad? You went to no classes, and did no homework [sic].”

Sounds like Violet is one smart kid! Affleck also took the speech time to joke about his best friend and fellow actor Matt Damon by saying, “This is a spectacular honor for me. Among other things today, in terms of higher education, I passed Matt Damon.” The philanthropist also went on to give praise to his own mom, “Mom, this is for you.”

The others who received honorary degrees were Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, MIT Professor Junot Diaz, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and medical doctor Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Taugaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan, and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Pardon.

Given their titles and roles it would appear that Ben Affleck has some heavy competition.

How do you feel about stars getting honorary degrees? Do you feel they should earn them like everyone else? Sound off in the comment section below.


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