Home Grown: University of West Georgia Awards Honorary Degree to Zac Brown – Press Release


Carrollton, Georgia, May 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The University of West Georgia awarded an honorary degree to Zac Brown – the internationally renowned musician, singer-songwriter, and founder and lead singer of Zac Brown Band – during its spring Commencement ceremonies, deepening Brown’s connection to an institution that played a role in shaping his love for music.

Brown, who attended UWG in the late 1990s, accepted the honorary doctorate of humane letters in front of more than 4,700 graduates and their loved ones at the university’s campus in Carrollton on Saturday, sharing with graduates – now his fellow alumni – several truths that he has learned during his career.

“I am so happy to be here celebrating your graduation with you today, and it is an honor to come back home – where it all started for me,” the singer-songwriter said in his acceptance remarks. “Find something that you love to do and give it all you have because you win when you love what you do. Be yourself and see the world as you want it to be.”

The degree recognizes Brown’s contributions to the music industry, his commitment to philanthropy and his deep roots in Georgia and UWG. Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning, Zac Brown Band has released numerous chart-topping albums and singles – including “Chicken Fried,” “Toes” and “Knee Deep” – with Brown becoming a household name.

“We are thrilled to call Zac – who has demonstrated his talents in a career as a musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur – one of our own at the University of West Georgia,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, UWG’s president. “Awarding him this honorary doctorate instills a sense of pride in the institution for everyone in our university community. His commitment to giving back and supporting the next generation of leaders is an inspiration to us all, and we are grateful for his commitment to remain connected to his alma mater.”

Brown’s connection to his home state is evident in his upbringing in Dahlonega, his…