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Susan Boyle receives doctorate from Royal Conservatoire

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media captionSinger Susan Boyle says she is "on top of the world" to receive the honorary doctorate

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).

The 54-year-old, from Blackburn, West Lothian, was given the award for distinction in the field of music at a graduation ceremony in Glasgow.

She described the honour, from the Glasgow music, drama, and dance academy, as a "great privilege".

Boyle has sold millions of albums since making her name on ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

The singer has become a regular visitor at the RCS, working with Andrew Panton, artistic director of musical theatre.

Since 2012, he has vocally coached her on her studio albums as well as directed her sell-out UK and USA tours.

Other recipients of RCS honorary doctorates include singer Annie Lennox, actor and comedian Billy Connolly, actress Tilda Swinton, opera singer Dame Felicity Lott, actress Geraldine McEwan and stage and screen actor Timothy West.

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