12 Texan Celebrities That Deserve Honorary Doctorates from UNT

UNT Honorary Degree Recipients Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, and Gary Busey Earlier this week, Kayne West was given an honorary doctorate from The Art Institute of Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago, now, Imma let you finish, but UNT has some of the best alumni of all time! The Eagles’ Don Henley, jewelry designer Sam Moon, TV’s Dr Phill, and of course iconic footballer and Coca-Cola drinker “Mean” Joe Greene to name a few. However, there are many other Texas Celebrities who we think should be a part of the University of North Texas family.

      1. Beyonce Knowles – With a degree, you can be schoolin’ life on another level Queen Bey. Plus, there are a ton of other Houstonians who have chosen to get their degrees from UNT.

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      2. Kelly Rowland – Ms. Kelly has put in the work and has been turning it since the late 90s… AKA the decade when the majority of UNT’s freshman class was born.

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      3. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Well, Steven James Anderson, Stone Cold’s alter ego actually attended UNT, but he never finished. Why does he deserve a degree? Because Stone Cold said so.

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      4. Leighton Meester – Fort Worth, where Leighton is from, is so close to Little D, and if Gossip Girl had been set in Texas, fashion savvy Blair Waldorf would have fit in well at one of of the Top 10 Fashion Schools in the Southwest.

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      5. Selena Gomez – When you’re ready come & get it. The “it” in question being a diploma.

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      6. Kelly Clarkson – American Idol wouldn’t have made it 15 seasons if this Burleson, TX girl wasn’t a powerhouse. Plus, I’m sure several UNT students around have used Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) as their breakup and/or finals anthem.

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      7. Nick Jonas – Who wouldn’t be jealous of a degree from University of North Texas’s award-winning College of Music?

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      8. Gary Busey – YAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS!!!!

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      9. Debbie Reynolds – Theater students already look up to this actress/singer/dancer/icon and UNT is home to Jurassic Park: The Musical (yes, really), so just sayin…

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      10. Demi Lovato – Demi, besides getting a degree, if you or anybody else for that matter ever wanted to get unbroken or give your heart a break, the UNT Health Center is open Monday-Thursday 8:00AM-5:30PM Friday 9:15AM-5:30PM and offers physicians, professional counseling, massage therapy, an eye clinic, and a pharmacy.

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      11. Jessica Simpson –  The lure of a UNT degree can be Irresistible and a zoology class could probably have saved Jessica some face with her infamous Chicken of the Sea comment.

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      12. Usher – This Dallasite has has us saying “yeah!” for the last 10 years and with 5 perfomace spaces (Murchison Performing Arts Center, Paul Voertman Concert Hall, University of North Texas Recital Hall, Stan Kenton Hall, Winspear Performance Hall) on the UNT Campus, we got the music bug bad.

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      13. Lance Armstrong – The yellow rubber-band bracelets were cool, but we’re going to take this honorary one back because UNT has strict policies on cheating.

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