Singer Annie Lennox has been awarded an honorary doctorate from an arts-focused college in Massachusetts.

The Eurythmics star was presented with the Fine Arts degree in recognition of her stellar music career and her philanthropy during a commencement ceremony on Sunday (02Jun13) at the Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

During the graduation, Williams College President Adam F. Falk said, "No one commands a stage like Annie Lennox. You have sold, both solo and with the Eurythmics, more than 80 million albums, and you have won almost every award in the field...

"Much popular music and fashion in recent decades has followed in your deep wake. At the same time, you have used your iconic status to advance humanitarian causes globally. Your most focused attention has been on issues involving women and girls, including violence, reproductive rights, and Aids... You have given voice to many of the world's most vulnerable and overlooked members, providing them opportunities to some day achieve their own sweet dreams. I hereby declare you recipient of the honorary degree Doctor of Fine Arts, entitled to all the rights, honors, and privileges appertaining thereto."

Lennox shared her delight with fans by posting a picture on her page showing her wearing the college's traditional robes on the day of the ceremony.