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GSU mourns the passing of Houston — honorary alumna

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Houston received her honorary degree in 1988.

GRAMBLING — Whitney Houston graced Grambling State University’s commencement stage in the summer of 1988 to receive one of the university’s highest honors, the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The Grambling State University Family, like others across the world, was saddened to hear the news of a fallen alumna.

Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to the “Guinness World Records.” She received two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any single artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in 1994.

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