CARROLLTON, Ga., May 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The University of West Georgia presented Zac Brown — the internationally renowned musician, singer-songwriter, and founder and lead singer of the Zac Brown Band — with an honorary doctorate degree during its spring celebration ceremonies, the Brown’s Connection into an institution that played a role in developing his love of music.
Brown, who attended UWG in the late 1990s, accepted his honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Saturday before more than 4,700 graduates and their families on the university’s Carrollton campus and shared with the graduates – now his former classmates – several truths that the he has learned throughout his career.
“I’m so happy to be here today to celebrate your graduation with you and it’s an honor to return home – where it all began for me,” the singer-songwriter said in his acceptance speech. “Find something you love to do and give everything you have because you win when you love what you do. Be yourself and see the world the way you want it to be.”
The degree recognizes Brown’s contributions to the music industry, his dedication to philanthropy, and his deep roots in Georgia and the UWG. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band has released numerous chart-topping albums and singles – including “Chicken Fried”, “Toes” and “Knee Deep” – and Brown has become a household name.
“We are pleased to have Zac – who has demonstrated his talent in a career as a musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur – as one of our colleagues at the University of West Georgia,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, President of the UWG. “Being awarded this honorary doctorate inspires a sense of pride in the institution from everyone in our university community. His commitment to giving back and supporting the next generation of leaders is an inspiration to all of us, and we are grateful for his commitment to staying connected to his alma mater.
Brown’s connection to his home state is evident in his upbringing in Dahlonega, his…