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Robert De Niro attends the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York on April 19, 2017.

April 21, 2017

De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

The actor will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's ceremonies next month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises.

The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's May 28 ceremonies.

De Niro has been nominated five times for an Academy Award, and won in 1975 for "The Godfather: Part II" and in 1981 for "Raging Bull."

Others to receive honorary degrees are rapper and actor Daveed Diggs; teacher Donald Hood; businesswoman Indra Nooyi; business executive Richard Parsons; and poet Rosmarie Waldrop.

Brown does not have the traditional keynote speaker at commencement exercises, instead reserving that honor for members of the graduating class.