Dolly Parton Expected to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Dolly Parton is expected to receive an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee in recognition of her work as a musician, entertainer and advocate for education. Parton founded the Imagination Library program in 1996 in her native Sevier County, Tenn. The initiative, which provides children with a new book every month from birth to 5 years of age, is now active in 46 other states and Canada and the United Kingdom. Pending approval from the university’s board of trustees, Parton will receive a doctorate in humane and musical letters during spring commencement on May 9.