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Toby Keith receives posthumous honorary doctorate from University of Oklahoma: News: Music Times

The University of Oklahoma posthumously awarded the late Toby Keith an honorary doctorate. The music icon’s daughter, Krystal Keith, was on hand to accept the honor on her father’s behalf.

According to Krystal, her father learned he received the honor before he passed away.

“Toby learned last fall that he would receive an honorary degree from @uofoklahoma, and yesterday @krystalkeith accepted it on his behalf at the commencement ceremony. Congratulations to all OU graduates!” Toby’s Instagram page posted a carousel of photos from the graduation ceremony on May 12, 2024.

Separately, University of Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz, Jr. also shared the announcement on his X account, formerly Twitter.

“Tricia and Krystal Keith are so incredibly grateful to join us on Saturday to celebrate @tobykeith’s impact and legacy with an honorary degree from @UofOklahoma. I miss you every day, TK.” tweetedrevealing that Tricia Keith, Toby’s surviving wife, was also present.

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Rolling Stone reported that Toby and the University of Oklahoma have had quite a relationship, as all of his children attended and graduated from the university. Similarly, Harroz also paid a moving tribute to the musician when he passed away in February 2024.

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“Throughout his illustrious career, he remained rooted in his Oklahoma upbringing, choosing to live in the state that shaped him and generously giving back to his fellow Oklahomans. His philanthropic efforts, from raising millions for children from battling cancer to supporting tornado victims exemplified his unwavering commitment to his roots and his compassion for others,” Harroz said in a tribute “As a lifelong Sooner, Toby’s passion for crimson and cream made him a beloved figure within Sooner Nation, where he proudly shared his love for the university and its community.”


At the age of 62, Toby succumbed to a long battle with stomach cancer in February 2024.

“I’m devastated. As great as he was in his career, he was so much greater as a father, husband and pop pop. He was my hero,” Keith’s daughter, Krystal, wrote on Instagram. “I’m so lucky to have him and so grateful he got to walk down the aisle with me and meet my babies.”

Speaking to TMZ Sports, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre claimed that he ultimately believed Toby was “just tired.”

“He said that to me when we had our conversation, he said, ‘Brett… whatever happens, I’m fine with it.'” he told the outlet.

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