Susan Boyle gets Honorary Degree from University

Honored in recognition of her "contribution to the creative industries."

Friday, Jul 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:09 AM PDT
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Since 2009, Boyle has sold 18 million records, write an autobiography and now has an honorary doctorate.

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Singing sensation Susan Boyle has been awarded an honorary doctorate from a Scottish university.

Boyle, who shot to fame on a TV talent show, wore blue-and-white academic robes as she accepted the degree Friday from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University in recognition of her "contribution to the creative industries."

The singer once studied for a higher education certificate at the university.

A 40-something church volunteer from a small Scottish village, Boyle became a global sensation in 2009 after she performed the song "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables" on the television program "Britain's Got Talent."

She has since sold 18 million records around the world and performed for audiences from the U.S. to China.

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