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Duke University recruits new star: Oprah Winfrey

But will she play basketball for them?

Duke University presented

Oprah Winfrey

with an honorary doctorate degree on Sunday as she gave the commencement speech to more than 4,000 members of the Class of 2009.

Among the grads was someone Winfrey knows very well:

William Bumpus Gayle King

, and Winfrey's godson.

"Will never wants people to know he knows me. I'm like his crazy aunt that they let out at commencements," Winfrey joked to the students.

She went on to challenge the graduates. "One of the best ways to enhance your own life is to enhance somebody else's," she said.

"Each of us has to stand in our own shoes. Will you stand in them in humility and compassion and courage? Every day will give you a chance to make that choice."

Winfrey was even generous enough to share her secret of success. "How can I help somebody else move to higher ground? That is success. That's it."

Jimmy Fallon Dolly Parton

also received degrees this weekend. Fallon earned his by completing his bachelor's degree nearly 15 years after leaving college. Parton's was an honorary doctorate like Oprah's. "Just think, I am Dr. Dolly," Parton said.

| Posted by Lisa Gutierrez, The Star

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