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'Sugar Man' Sixto Rodriguez Awarded Honorary Degree

Wayne State University in Detroit celebrates an alumnus

Sixto Rodriguez addresses the Wayne State University commencement ceremony after receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
May 10, 2013 12:45 PM ET

Sixto Rodriguez flew under the radar when he received a philosophy degree from Wayne State University in 1981, but now the folk singer, songwriter and subject of last year's Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man is quite a bit more famous.

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The Detroit college honored Rodriguez, a city native, with a Doctor of Humane Letters yesterday, according to The Associated Press. Wayne State celebrated Rodriguez for his "musical genius and commitment to social justice" during its commencement ceremonies at Ford Field.

Rodriguez is currently on tour, with his next show set for tomorrow, May 11th, at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. He's also started work on his third album, which will be his first since Coming From Reality in 1971.

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