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Musician Kanye West (R) receives an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago President Walter Massey during their annual commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Musician Kanye West (R) receives an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago President Walter Massey during their annual commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Musician Kanye West (R) is congratulated by Lisa Wainwright after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Musician Kanye West (R) is congratulated by Lisa Wainwright after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Musician Kanye West (R) receives an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago President Walter Massey during their annual  commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Musician Kanye West (R) receives an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago President Walter Massey during their annual commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Musician Kanye West adjusts his cap before receiving an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago during their annual commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Musician Kanye West adjusts his cap before receiving an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago during their annual commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian  attend "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala  at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

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One is not amused: Kim and Kanye didn't see the funny side when Amy Schumer threw herself at their feet

One is not amused: Kim and Kanye didn't see the funny side when Amy Schumer threw herself at their feet

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Musician Kanye West (R) receives an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago President Walter Massey during their annual commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Kanye West does not make a habit of brandishing those impressive pearly whites of his.

Just yesterday the world expressed shock, and joy, at a rare glimpse of a disarming smile from the hit rapper as he sat courtside at a basketball game (however, he quickly reverted to his default scowl when he realised he was being filmed - see vine below).

And today photos have landed of the 37-year-old in full, unabashed grin mode as he collects an honourary PhD from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Although he appeared as serious as ever during the presentation, afterwards he grinned like a Cheshire cat and took to the podium to poke fun at himself.

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One is not amused: Kim and Kanye didn't see the funny side when Amy Schumer threw herself at their feet

One is not amused: Kim and Kanye didn't see the funny side when Amy Schumer threw herself at their feet

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One is not amused: Kim and Kanye didn't see the funny side when Amy Schumer threw herself at their feet

"I am a pop artist," he said.  "So my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas. 'I’m sorry' is something that you can use a lot, it gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologise for it, and give you opinion again.

"You should not be sorry for your opinions!"

His voluptuous other half, wife Kim Kardashian, was not present, but tweeted her support, "Dr. Kanye West!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you baby & I know your mom would be so proud too!!!!"

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