Steve Miller To Get Honorary Degree From UW

February 14, 2019

At Summerfest 2017, Kitty Dunn photo

Steve Miller is finally getting his degree from the University of Wisconsin.

No, he didn't secretly go back to school to finish up that literature degree--he's getting an honorary degree from UW-Madison.

Honorary doctorates from UW-Madison recognize individuals with careers of extraordinary accomplishment. The Committee on Honorary Degrees apparently decided that Miller fits the bill. According to a news release, the committee noted: "As the lead guitarist and vocalist of the Steve Miller Band, the Milwaukee-born musician and songwriter has entertained, inspired and furthered the reach of traditional blues and rock 'n' roll music for decades."

Steve Miller attended UW Madison in the early 60s and formed a band called the Ardells with a couple other distinguished musicians--Ben Sidran and Boz Scaggs. Miller was just six degrees short of getting that literature degree when he dropped out to pursue music full time.

Miller hasn't forgotten his Badger roots. In 2017, he came back to campus for a sold-out show at the Wisconsin Union Theater, with proceeds going to the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund.

Miller will get his degree May 10th at the Kohl Center as part of spring commencement exercises.