Cyndi Lauper to bring star power to Vermont commencement

Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18.

Cyndi Lauper performs on the runway at the Betsey Johnson spring 2013 fashion show on Sept. 11.
Cyndi Lauper performs on the runway at the Betsey Johnson spring 2013 fashion show on Sept. 11. –Dario Cantatore / Getty Images

JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — A university in Vermont has announced singer, songwriter and activist Cyndi Lauper will return to the school to give its commencement address.

Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18.

The 65-year-old attended what was then known as Johnson State College in the 1970s. She didn’t earn a degree but launched a career that includes more than a dozen Grammy nominations and two wins. She produced hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” ”Time After Time” and “True Colors.” She’s also won an Emmy and a Tony.

NVU President Elaine Collins described Lauper as a “creative genius” and a “leading voice in issues of social justice.”

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Lauper is also known for her advocacy work in the LGBT community. She’ll be awarded an honorary doctorate of letters.

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