Next time fans get the chance to shake hands with Jack White during a pre-show meet-and-greet, they are now to address the rock guitarist as Doctor Jack White. According to Detroit-based news station WXYZ, White was given the distinction of receiving an honorary Doctorate at Wayne State University‘s commencement ceremony on Friday morning.

White, who was born and raised in Detroit, MI, attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit before skipping college to pursue a career in music. According to the report, the honorary degree recognizes White’s dedication to the city of Detroit, in addition to his significant contributions (understatement) to the arts. Even White’s mother was in attendance for the ceremony, which saw the 43-year-old guitarist donning the traditional cap and robe for the collegiate commencement.

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White has found himself and his music back in the headlines in recent weeks. One of White’s notable bands, The Raconteurs, recently shared their first recordings of new music in a decade when they released their first two tracks from their forthcoming album, “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone”. Both songs will appear on the band’s still-untitled studio album, which is also without a release date at the moment but scheduled for arrival sometime later this year.

Fans can catch White in action (sans graduation cap) along with The Raconteurs when they hit the road this summer for a run of tour dates behind the forthcoming album. Fans can head to White’s website for tickets and tour info.

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