It’s college graduation time in Boston and today Northeastern grads had a special guest and honoree. Actor and musician LL Cool J was there to see his daughter graduate and to become “Doctor” Cool J.
“I’ve been called a few things, but never a doctor, that’s for sure,” Cool J says laughing. His given name is James Todd Smith, but as LL Cool J he helped move Hip-Hop music into the popular culture.
As an actor, he’s now one of the stars of the CBS show “NCIS Los Angeles.” For his accomplishments, Northeastern awarded him an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. “For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling,” he says.
But his biggest joy today was seeing his daughter, Italia Smith, graduate with honors. And it was great for her to have her dad on stage. “It was emotional, it was exciting, I’m just happy to reach a new milestone,” she says.