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Wonder, Cosby receive honorary degrees at Oberlin

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May 1, 2010 12:03 PM EST | AP


OBERLIN, Ohio — Stevie Wonder was performing on an electronic keyboard and harmonica before a crowd of about 700 as he and Bill Cosby and Cosby's wife, Camille, were awarded honorary doctorates at Oberlin College in northeast Ohio.

Motown great Wonder says: "It is exciting to be at this college, the first northern college to accept African-Americans."

The school with a history of tolerance and activism first accepted black students in the 1830s.

Earlier Friday, Wonder had performed with Oberlin musicians for local school children. Cosby also gave a performance on campus.