The Detroit-born singer, songwriter and producer received an honorary doctorate degree from Wayne State University.
Dr. Jack White said he could initially only afford a few film classes at the school, but they inspired his craft.
Wayne State University awarded White an honorary doctor of humane letters degree “for his dedication to Detroit and significant contributions to the arts as one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past two decades.”
White grew up in Southwest Detroit, graduated from the city’s Cass Tech High School and played in underground bands before skyrocketing to fame with The White Stripes.
The 43-year-old White won 12 Grammy awards and multiple nominations as both a solo artist as well as a member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
White founded Third Man Records in Detroit, opened a retail store near Wayne State in 2015 and added a vinyl record pressing plant a couple years later called Third Man Pressing.