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Global Music Icon Embraces Collegiate Roots this Spring (Updated)

9-time Grammy winner returns to local alma mater this spring 2014.


UPenn Graduate & Global Artist, John Legend.
Photo Credit | R&B Dirt

Updated (5/21) – Watch John Legend’s moving speech from UPenn graduation [in full] below, via philly.com

Global singer & songwriter, Mr. John Legend (class of 1999), will deliver this year’s commencement speech for uPenn Class of 2014. The esteemed University will present Legend with an honorary doctorate degree in music. The “Ordinary People” singer & Kanye West signee follows up Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered annual words of wisdom to last year’s graduates. Ceremony is scheduled for Monday May 19th, at the historic Franklin Field in West Philadelphia. Legend’s latest album “Love in the Future” is available on iTunes (via GOOD music / Sony).

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The 35 year old “R&B / Modern Soul” artist, born as John Stephens, was featured on Time’s 100 most influential list in 1999, the same year he graduated Penn. Career highlights include his 2004 platinium album

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