Ben Affleck took the podium during Brown university's graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 25 to receive his honorary doctorate degree. The "Argo" actor was honored with a prestigious Doctor of Fine Arts degree for his work and achievement as a film director, actor, writer and producer.
"This is a spectacular honor for me," said the husband of Jennifer Garner in his speech. Referring to longtime pal Matt Damon's Art Medal from Harvard university, Affleck joked, "Not only for the education, but now I surpass Matt Damon." Done with his speech, the 40-year-old actor threw his fist in the air.
Affleck, whose film "Argo" won this year's Oscar for Best Picture, was one of six people who received honorary degree from the Rhode Island Ivy League university this year. Other honorees were author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz, retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan, medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.
As a successful actor and director, Affleck will next take the role of "Mr. Mom" while his wife is busy with her work. Earlier this month, he said, "[Jennifer's] got a couple of movies coming up, so it's going to be a little Mr. Mom action, and I'm going to get back in the ring and we're going to see if I still have it."