Jamie Foxx receives honorary doctorate degree from Jarvis Christian College

HAWKINS, TX (KLTV) - Graduation season is among us, but it's not every day that you are able to see a singer, comedian and actor at your commencement ceremony.

But for the students at Jarvis Christian College, Jamie Foxx made his way home to East Texas to receive an honorary doctorate degree.

"It is an honor to stand here today and welcome you to Jarvis Christian College 2018 commencement ceremonies," Board of Trustees member William Fisher said.

College graduation. It's day students remember for the rest of their lives, and today the students of JCC experienced a commencement address like no other.

Graduates heard from commencement speaker Jessie J. Holland. A journalist and renowned author of "The Black Panther" novel, who wanted to make sure all the graduates showed their parents the respect they earned.

"When they finish cheering you today, go and thank them," Holland said. "Just as much as you deserve your degree, they deserve your gratitude for getting you where you are today."

After sharing stories of failure and triumph, Holland left students with a final piece of advice.

"Failure is a part of life, it's going to happen," Holland said. "What counts is what you learn from your failure and what you do one you pick yourself backup."

But the real treat came towards the end of the ceremony.

"To bestow upon Mr. Jamie Foxx the honorary doctorate of humane letters degree," provost and vice president of academic affairs Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt said.

After the ceremony, Foxx shared why it was so special for him to receive an honorary doctorate degree.

"Wow, there getting ready to take off and live their life in an incredible way and I had something to do with it, as far as giving them something encouraging to hold on to," Foxx said.

Stressing the importance of not forgetting your roots, Foxx said coming back home for the students of this generation was a privilege.

"With everything that's we're going through and things like that," Foxx said. "If you can go back and stamp your flag of positivity, especially here at home, ain't nothing like Texas."

Along with Dr. Jamie Foxx, Jarvis Christian College had 90 students graduate in the 2018 class.

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