The prestigious South African university, the University of Fort Hare this year conferred 33 doctorates in its spring graduation. Among the recipients, was the widow of Bob Marley, Rita Marley; who received an honorary doctorate.
Daily Dispatch reports that Rita was bestowed with an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences and Humanities, at the university’s graduation on Friday.
Marley could not make it to the ceremony and her doctorate was accepted by Rosemary Duncan from the Rita Marley Foundation on her behalf.
In a tearful moment, the crowd of about 2000 parents and academics, with help from the choir, started singing Bob Marley’s One Love after Duncan was capped.
Delivering Rita’s speech, Duncan said the honour was one of Rita’s treasured moments.
She touched on the high cost of fees, UFH’s rich history and told the crowd “Don’t worry every little thing is going to be alright”.
“Whatever your career goals, as you take flight and spread your wings and soar through the skies, look down and lift someone up. The more you help to uplift others, the greater the rewards.”
She also encouraged graduates to use their qualifications from Fort Hare to unlock their economic freedom in South Africa.