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.

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