Stars With Honorary Degrees

Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion Credit: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images, Jean-Philippe DUMAS/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Cheers to the class of 2012!

As high school and college seniors nationwide prepare to don their caps and gowns, Us Weekly looks back at the celebrities who have come before them to accept honorary degrees at schools including Harvard and Yale.

PHOTOS: Stars who have honorary degrees

"I was told before I came, 'You're going to feel the love at Howard University'; I'm feeling it today," Oprah Winfrey said when speaking to graduates at Howard University in 2007.

Urging students to "follow your calling," the talk show host later wept as she accepted an honorary Doctrine of Humanities degree.

From shedding tears of joy to showing big broad smiles, find out what celebs like Orlando Bloom, Celine Dion and others did when they accepted their degrees in our photo gallery now!