Angela Bassett isn’t just one of the more accomplished actresses in Hollywood, she’s also one of the more brilliant. The Oscar-nominated actress received an honorary doctorate degree from her alma mater, Yale University on Monday (May 21), becoming one of the school’s 10 honorary degree recipients for the 2018 year.
Her Doctorate of Fine Arts degree is the third she has received from the Connecticut Ivy League school. She earned her B.A. in African American studies in 1980, and completed her M.F.A at Yale School of Drama in 1983.
“Hey Everybody you good? My heart is full! God blessed me REAL good!” Dr. Bassett wrote on her Instagram page in a video of the moment. “Thank you @yale for this blessed honor!”
“We are absolutely thrilled to honor the ten honorants,” said Yale’s Vice President for Communications Eileen O’Connor. “They are all deserving of the degrees and [were chosen] through a process of careful selection, and we’re really excited to have them here to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2018.”
Bassett was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1994 for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It and stole the show in films such as Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Malcolm X and more. Currently she stars on 911 on FOX.