U2 rocker Bono has turned down the chance to receive an honorary degree during his daughter's graduation ceremony in New York next week (begs20May13).
The Irish frontman's 21-year-old daughter Eve Hewson will receive her degree from New York University on 22 May (13), and college chiefs offered her famous father a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on the same day.
However, the musician has decided against accepting the honour so he can concentrate on cheering on his daughter's achievements.
A representative for Bono tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Bono was hugely honoured to be asked by Nyu to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Given his daughter is part of the graduating class, they discussed the invitation as a family and decided they wanted to keep the day a quiet one for the family in which Bono could simply be a very proud father."