Oprah at Harvard Commencement 2013

Oprah Goes Back to School, Harvard Style

Oprah Goes Back to School, Harvard Style

Media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey is a giver, but today it was her turn to receive when she accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University. She also delivered the commencement speech to 2013 graduates, and as she offered insights into her career, she mentioned her original inspiration, Barbara Walters. Talking about her early years on TV, Oprah said, "When I first started, I had Barbara in my head. I would try to sit like Barbara, talk like Barbara, move like Barbara." Then she said it struck her: "I could be a much better Oprah than a pretend Barbara."

This isn't her first time being recognized by a top university, either — she's one of several celebrities with multiple honorary degrees. Her work on TV and with charities makes her someone to look up to, and Harvard President Drew Faust called her one of America's greatest success stories, saying, "She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with constant focus on the importance of education opportunity and the virtues of serving others." From her walk through Harvard Yard to her time at the podium, take a look at Oprah's special Ivy League day!

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