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Suffolk-born strummer Ed Sheeran was honored this week with an honorary degree doctorate degree from his local educational institution. University Campus Suffolk, in the town of Ipswich, England, hosted the "Thinking Out Loud" singer on Monday (Oct. 19) to hit him with that sweet, sweet piece of paper.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail wrote that "Ed looked like any other university graduate, especially as his proud parents John and Imogen were watching on in the audience."

The paper reports that part of Sheeran's speech went like so:

"I know that's a weird thing to say coming to receive a doctorate but I think there's a lot of pressure on kids to go to university, then a lot of them end up in debt with a degree they didn't really need to get the job they want. I think we should encourage kids to chill a bit more. You don't have to go to university at 18, you can go off and travel for a year. Thailand's super cheap, you can get beers for like 15p. Just go and find yourself there. Hang out with people of a similar age and grow."

Ed seemed pretty stunned by the whole thing: