Robert De Niro Receives Honorary Degree
Posted on Mon May 28, 2012 09:20 AM PDT

rdeniro042909_01_200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (x17online) - Robert De Niro received his Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts during commencement exercises at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine on Sunday.

The two-time Oscar winning actor took time to address fellow graduates with some advice in addition to a few witty quips.

"With all due respect to Gwen Ifill and Bonnie Bassler, I think this is the most important piece of advice you'll get today: become a movie star," he said, acknowledging the other two honorary degree recipients. "Now, you might be tempted by other careers, other interests, other commitments. There might be pressure on you to change the world, but you want to find the strength to resist."

De Niro was presented with the degree by his friend, trustee Michael Chu, while
The Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts was conferred by interim president at Bates, Nancy Cable.