Hip hop icon Missy Elliot will receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College, becoming the first female hip hop artist to do so. Berklee’s president, Roger H. Brown, will present the degrees.  The Commencement will take place Saturday, May 11.

In a press release Berklee detailed the Commencement weekend events; “As is Berklee’s tradition, on commencement eve, Friday, May 10, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers,” the release said. “The concert and ceremony, both at Agganis Arena, are not open to the public.”

Missy Elliot is an award winning rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer. Her hits include “Da Rain,” “Sock It To Me,” “Get UR Freak On,” and “WTF.” Congratulations on the honor Missy!