James Taylor Sings for Williams Seniors

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor talked about his career and played some of his best-known tunes on Saturday night in Williams College's Chapin Hall.

The evening was a special event for the more than 500 graduating seniors. Taylor, a South County resident, received a honorary doctor of humanities on Sunday during commencement ceremonies.

The hourlong event on Saturday was lead by Michael MacDonald, Williams College Frederick L. Schuman professor of international relations. A number of other distinguished guests of the college's commencement ceremonies attended, including former Sen. John H. Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth.

His final song of the evening, "Sweet Baby James," was met with a standing ovation.
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