Honorary degree for Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle is getting an honorary degree in her hometown of Philadelphia.
Temple University will present Patti with the doctorate in humane letters at its May 13 commencement ceremony.
Patti's singing career has spanned more than four decades and includes several hit records and two Grammy Awards.
She has also written four books, two of which are cookbooks.
She served as a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association after being diagnosed with the condition. Two years ago, she partnered with Temple to raise awareness about diabetes.
Temple president Ann Weaver Hart said the university was honouring Patti for "her professional excellence and her selfless service to others".