Not surprisingly, when she received the degree and had her moment to speak, Barbra was gracious and humble. She turned the tribute to her accomplishments into a reminder that she is her father's daughter. Here's what Barbra said in her brief address:
"I do want to thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful show of support. I would just like to say this honorary degree means so much to me because my father was a teacher and he died when I was very young, but…I am very proud to be affiliated with this prestigious, international university, and I know my father would be proud, too."
I recently wrote an article for Examiner.com about Barbra's intelligence. She's extremely smart and has a genius IQ; her brilliance has shown through in all aspects of her career. So, here's the thought of the day: do you think Barbra Streisand would have been more successful if she had graduated Erasmus Hall High in Brooklyn and then gone to college for four more years? Perhaps a Bacherlor of Arts from Brandeis back in 1960? For me, the answer is clear. She didn't need the degree because she has been a student of life and never stopped learning. A degree wouldn't have made her smarter, but it might have delayed her success.