‘Sugar Man’ Sixto Rodriguez tells WSU grads ‘well done’ | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Paul Massaron and Sandra Hughes O'Brien, members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, put the sash on Sixto Rodriguez during commencement ceremonies at Ford Field. (David Coates/The Detroit News)

Paul Massaron and Sandra Hughes O’Brien, members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, put the sash on Sixto Rodriguez during commencement ceremonies at Ford Field. (David Coates/The Detroit News)

Detroit — The Detroit musician who’s suddenly become one of Wayne State University’s more prominent alumni wished the class of 2013 good luck Thursday as he received an honorary degree from the school.

In a short speech thanking the University, musician Sixto Rodriguez wished the graduating students from Wayne State University good luck.

“Well done,” said Rodriguez told students taking commencement Thursday at Detroit’s Ford Field. “Or as we say in Spanish, ‘bien hecho.'”

Rodriguez, who garnered international fame this year after starring in the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony for his “musical genius and commitment to social justice.”

Rodriguez’s two albums in the early 1970s received little attention in the U.S. but he unknowingly developed a cult following in South Africa during the apartheid era.

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7 comments on “‘Sugar Man’ Sixto Rodriguez tells WSU grads ‘well done’ | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
  1. Leah pallaris says:

    WELL DONE TO YOU TOO…SIXTO RODRIGUEZ….

  2. Deanne du Preez says:

    How wonderful to be recognised at last in your home country. About bloody time too!
    As a fumbling musician starting out in the 70’s in South Africa, I played all his songs, he was my icon. When the stage called, I took his music with me and played it all over the world. He has been with me since I first heard him. Now in my older age, I have actually met him, and he is a darling! So pleased he has got the recognition he so richly deserves.

  3. JoAnn Witt says:

    Thank you for posting this picture. I took some with my camera, but this one is nice. –Wish I could see the sash, though.

  4. Consuelo Martinez says:

    He deserves this and much more. There are no words to describe how wonderfully he affects people all over the globe….no words. This world needs more humans like him. And Rodriguez I say to you, TODO
    MUY BIEN HECHO!!!!

  5. Such a strange and compelling story. This man was robbed by his record label pure and simple and yet he harbors no grudge in his heart. There appears to be no regrets for anything that life has randomly thrown in his path. He accepts victory or defeat with the same humility. How many of us can lay claim to such a treasure?

  6. so amazing..after sooooo many years of not even realising what i was missing..when i walked through the video store the other day and completely out of the blue..i saw the dvd of Sugarman..and now i am part of the history of Rodriguez being recognised for the absolute beautiful person he is.. just bloody amazing. xx And isnt /internet amazing too..being able to connect with things from the past..very cool

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