Aretha Franklin receives Honorary Degree from Harvard University

The 72-year-old soul singer performed 'The Star Spangled Banner' at the ceremony

Aretha Franklin has received an Honorary Degree from Harvard University.

The soul singer was presented with the honour during the prestigious Massachusetts university’s commencement on May 29. Named as an honorary doctor of arts, she then performed the United States’ national anthem, accompanying herself on piano, reports Billboard. Watch the performance by clicking below.

Former US president George W. Bush and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were also given honorary degrees at the ceremony.

Aretha Franklin recently confirmed she is working on new material with OutKast’s Andre 3000 and singer-songwriter Babyface. Speaking at her 72nd birthday party earlier this year, the singer said she is waiting for Babyface to finish his guest slot with Toni Braxton in the Broadway musical After Midnight before he can get to work on her songs.

“I’m just waiting for him to finish that so he can finish my tracks please,” Franklin said. “And I think Andre 2000 – is it two or three? 3000 is going to be doing some of the tracks with him.”