• De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises

    The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's May 28 ceremonies.

    De Niro has been nominated seven times for an Academy Award, and won twice in 1975 for "The Godfather: Part II" and in 1981 for "Raging Bull."

    Others to receive honorary degrees are rapper and actor Daveed Diggs; teacher Donald Hood; businesswoman Indra Nooyi; business executive Richard Parsons; and poet Rosmarie Waldrop.

    Brown does not have the traditional keynote speaker at commencement exercises, instead reserving that honor for members of the graduating class.

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    This story has been changed to show that De Niro has been nominated for an Academy Award seven times, not five.

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