Susan Boyle gets honorary degree from university

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — 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.