Alice Cooper gets honorary degree

The rock star, whose hits include School’s Out, is being awarded an honorary doctorate by a Christian liberal arts university.

The 56-year-old will receive the honour at a Grand Canyon University ceremony on Saturday.

Cooper, whose classic albums include Killer and Welcome to my Nightmare, has financially supported the university, officials said.

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He was known for shocking audiences with gruesome concert performances featuring simulated hangings and infant dolls gushing blood.

More recently, he has been known in the Phoenix, Arizona area as a family man who sometimes coaches Little League baseball.

“Alice Cooper is a guy who made it big in a very tough business and has made his faith a priority,” said Michael Clifford, vice chairman for the university.

“He can become a real mentor for our students, sharing his knowledge, valuable contacts and real-life experiences in the performing arts.”

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