Award-winning musician and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams is overcome with emotion Dec. 11 as he is made an honorary member of the Norfolk State University Spartan Legion Marching Band and presented with a framed band uniform by NSU President Javaune Adams- Gaston. Mr. Williams delivered the commencement address to the university’s fall graduates. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate during the ceremony at NSU’s Joseph G. Echols Hall.
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The year 2021 was a tug of war between the life changes precipitated by the COVID-19-related shutdowns of 2020 and efforts to return to a pre-COVID way of life.