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May 12, 2013
The Detroit musician who's suddenly become one of Wayne State University's more prominent alumni wished the class of 2013 good luck Thursday as he received an honorary degree from the school. In a short speech thanking the University, musician Sixto Rodriguez wished the graduating students from Wayne State University good luck. "Well done," Rodriguez told students at commencement Thursday at Detroit's Ford Field. "Or as we say in Spanish, 'bien hecho.'" Rodriguez, who garnered international fame this year after starring in the Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony for his "musical genius and commitment to social justice." University President Allan Gilmour praised Rodriguez's talent after the ceremony. "It's amazing what he's done, first of all, and it's amazing what the students have done," said Gilmour, who said the artist would be a good ambassador for the university. Also receiving an honorary law degree was local businessman and community leader Walter E. Douglas. Gilmour, who is retiring as president after his contract expires next month, said his final graduation ceremony was bittersweet. "This is a great job and I've had the honor of doing it for three years now," he said. "The two things I'll miss the most is convocation at the beginning of the year and commencement at the end. You see the students come in and going out." More than 3,500 Wayne State students celebrated their graduation, with the ceremony divided into two sessions.