The 65-year-old attended what was then known as Johnson State College in the 1970s. She didn't earn a degree but launched a career that includes more than a dozen Grammy nominations and two wins. She produced hits like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," ''Time After Time" and "True Colors." She's also won an Emmy and a Tony.
NVU President Elaine Collins described Lauper as a "creative genius" and a "leading voice in issues of social justice." Lauper is also known for her advocacy work in the LGBT community. She'll be awarded an honorary doctorate of letters.