Ben Affleck to receive honorary degree from Brown University

By Daniel S Levine,

Ben Affleck was showered with awards earlier this year for Argo, but he is going to get another honor to hang on his wall. The actor/director will get an honorary degree from Brown University during the university’s 2013 commencement ceremony next month.

Affleck will be one of six honorary degree recipients, Brown announced Wednesday. He will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts for his work as a writer, director, actor and producer.

He has succeeded in every role during his time in Hollywood. He scored his first Oscar win in 1997 for co-writing the script to Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon. In 2007, he directed his first film, Gone Baby Gone, which was followed up with The Town in 2010. Jeremy Renner’s performance in The Town earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

In 2012, Affleck directed Argo, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in February. While he wasn’t nominated for Best Director, Affleck did win as a co-producer on the film with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.

The actor, who is married to Jennifer Garner, has also been dedicated to charitable causes. Earlier this week, Affleck announced that he will participate in an effort to raise poverty awareness by trying to live on just $1.50 for a day.

Affleck will receive his honorary degree on May 26. E! News notes that he is not the commencement speaker though. Brown asks a member of the graduating class to give the commencement address every year.

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