Jeffrey D. Nesin
Memphis College of Art
A long time ago, a very long time for two such young & goodlooking people as Rosanne and I, back when her oldest daughter Caitlin, the impressive young woman with her today, was a very small child, I first visited her to interview her and write about a forthcoming album. I thought she was interesting before we met and extraordinary after we met, and now you all know why.
As I said before, I think Rosanne has had a transformative effect, especially on women’s roles in American music. And I’m amazed by her resistance to the force and impact of celebrity. She hunkered down and wrote the book she had in her head, not as some new glitzy piece of product (which may have dismayed some in the business), but as a deeply considered, deeply felt work of art. And on this day when we are sending you out and challenging you to never stop challenging yourselves, I feel some serious formal recognition is due.
Rosanne, will you please join me here.
In recognition of both your high ambition and your high accomplishment, for your important work and your important example, I am proud to present you with the highest honor Memphis College of Art can bestow, the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. (Read citation)
"The Faculty and Trustees of Memphis College of Art, in recognition of her eminent attainment and her contribution to art and civic life, do confer upon Rosanne Cash the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts and admit her to all honors, rights, and privileges thereunto appertaining. Granted at Memphis, Tennessee, this 16th day of May 1998."
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