The 57-year-old Bon Jovi frontman attended the university’s 263rd Commencement ceremony yesterday (Monday 20th May) at Franklin Field in Philadelphia where he received his honorary doctorate.
Posting photos of himself in full robes at the graduation ceremony on Instagram, Jon wrote: “It’s better to be a doctor than be in need of a doctor. Thanks @uofpenn and congratulations to all the graduates.”
The University of Pennsylvania gave Jon the honorary doctorate for his services to music and also for his philanthropic work as Chair of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
They wrote on their website:
“New Jersey native, singer-songwriter, producer, and actor Jon Bon Jovi, the front man and founder of the Grammy Award-winning band Bon Jovi, has made self-reliance, optimism, and community key hallmarks of his music and his philanthropy. Since forming in 1983, Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums, earning status as one of the world’s best-selling musical groups, and has performed in more than 50 countries for over 37 million fans. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, in recognition of its longevity and impact on popular music over the past three decades.
“Mr. Bon Jovi is also Chair of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, founded in 2006 and dedicated to supporting innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The Soul Foundation funds partnerships that benefit temporary shelters, transitional housing for teens, permanent supportive housing (including for veterans and special needs populations), and home ownership opportunities. In 2011, with his wife Dorothea, Mr. Bon Jovi opened the JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey, with a pay-it-forward model serving both in-need and paying customers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a second location in Toms River, New Jersey opened. These community restaurants have since served over 90,000 meals.”
Bon Jovi grace the UK next month for three stadium shows in Liverpool, London and Coventry as part of the European leg of the This House Is Not For Sale Tour.
Jon Bon Jovi has also curated the ‘Runaway To Paradise’ Mediterranean cruise, which sets sail later this summer.
Departing on 26th August and arriving back on 30th August, the 4 night Mediterranean excursion will depart from Barcelona and travel to Palma, Majorca on Norwegian Pearl.