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As he received an honorary doctorate Sunday, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro told Bates College graduates that despite his own lack of formal education, he made out O.K.

During a 15-minute address in Lewiston, Maine, that the Associated Press characterized as by turns sincere and irreverent, Mr. De Niro drew a steady stream of laughter from the 463 graduating seniors and more than 5,000 onlookers at the private liberal-arts college’s campus.

Mr. De Niro, who quit high school to pursue an acting career, was one of three high-profile guests who received honorary degrees at the Bates commencement. PBS “Newshour” senior correspondent Gwen Ifill and Princeton University molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler also were honored.

But it was Mr. De Niro who stole the show.

“In many ways, leaving school when I did it was an advantage. I saved nearly $6,000 by not having to pay tuition and expenses for four years of education,” he said. “I feel a little foolish, because if I had waited until now not to go to college, I could have saved around a quarter of a million.”

The honorary doctorate of fine arts was conferred by Nancy Cable, interim president at Bates. Trustee Michael Chu, Mr. De Niro’s friend, presented the degree.

He also offered the graduates some serious advice.

“If you’re an actor, always be true to your character,” he said. “If you’re not an actor, have character and always be true to yourself.”

Photographer says Bieber roughed him up

Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.

Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard said the photographer called 911 on Sunday and complained of pain to his chest. Lt. Wiard said the scuffle happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of Mr. Bieber and his girlfriend, teen actress Selena Gomez, after they walked out of a theater at the Commons at Calabasas.

Lt. Wiard said the photographer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

Mr. Bieber and Miss Gomez left before deputies arrived, so investigators want to talk to him to get his side of the story.

A call to Mr. Bieber’s publicist was not immediately returned late Sunday.

Compiled from Web and wire reports