Dolly Parton is getting an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee. The country icon will receive a doctorate of humane and musical letters during the school's graduation ceremony in May.

"It is an incredible honor for me to receive this degree from a prestigious university like UT. I've been a volunteer all my life and entertained folks around the world with 'Rocky Top,'" Parton says. "Seriously, education and the arts are very important to me, and this degree is something that makes me and would have made my parents very proud."

This will be only the second honorary doctorate granted in UT-Knoxville's history. It's also the second honorary degree for Dolly, who received her first in 1990 from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Dolly is being recognized not only for her illustrious catalog of music but also for her tireless dedication to literacy programs. She founded the Imagination Library in Sevier County, Tenn., which provides children with a book every month from birth to age five.

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