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Vince Gill Receives Honorary Doctorate From Belmont University

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Vince Gill is now Dr. Gill. The country singer received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree during commencement ceremonies at Belmont University in Nashville on Saturday, according to WSMV.

Gill has spent the last 12 years helping to raise money for Belmont via the Vince Gill Celebrity Basketball Game and Concert. The event raises money for scholarships and aids in the overall improvement of Belmont’s athletic and music business programs. Gill has also established three endowment scholarships at the learning institution, which help music business students turn their career dreams and goals into realities.

During the festivities, Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher offered the highest of praise for Gill, saying, “As a singer, songwriter and multi-faceted musician, Vince Gill has mastered his craft and yet he keeps pushing himself to service and providing opportunities for others to succeed. Vince is truly a Nashville — and national — treasure.”

Fisher continued, “His professional experiences and personal contributions make him an ideal candidate for this doctorate degree and a perfect model for Belmont students to emulate.”

Gill credited a lot of his success to Belmont’s head basketball coach and longtime friend Rick Byrd during his acceptance speech, saying, “I met Rick on a golf course. I was making records at that point but couldn’t prove it because no one owned them. He was coaching basketball, but he couldn’t prove it then because no one came to the games. It’s easily been one of the best friendships I ever had.”

Overall, though, Gill, who is married to fellow singer Amy Grant, was thrilled with receiving his honorary doctorate, saying, “I have never been more honored to receive anything in my life.”

You’ve earned it, Vince, so celebrate.

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