'Britain's Got Talent's' Susan Boyle: Doctorate from a Scottish university

Singer Susan Boyle on the NBC's "Today" show Singer Susan Boyle on the NBC's "Today" show Manhattan to celebrate the launch of her album. (Nov. 23, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

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LONDON - Singing sensation Susan Boyle has been awarded an honorary doctorate from a Scottish university.

Boyle, who shot to fame on a TV talent show, wore blue-and-white academic robes as she accepted the degree Friday from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University in recognition of her "contribution to the creative industries."

The singer once studied for a higher education certificate at the university.

A 40-something church volunteer from a small Scottish village, Boyle became a global sensation in 2009 after she performed the song "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables" on the television program "Britain's Got Talent."

She has since sold 18 million records around the world and performed for audiences from the U.S. to China.

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