Only Diddy could manage being the first Howard University drop out to receive a “honorary” Doctorate degree. Here’s more on this story…
Sean Combs has finally collected that degree from Howard University — almost a quarter century after he dropped out of the school to pursue his dreams of being a music mogul. Diddy gave the commencement speech to the Class of 2014 and received an honorary doctorate degree. Howard President Wayne Frederick finessed the fact that Combs left the university in 1990 after only two years. “We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” Frederick said in the statement. “He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked ‘The Yard,’ and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.”
Also slated to get honorary degrees at the May 10 event are CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer; Clive Callender, a surgery professor at Howard’s medical school (and the first doctor to perform a transplant at Howard University Hospital); jazz artist Benny Golson; and PepsiCo chairman and chief executive Indra Nooyi.
The gig puts Combs in high-flying company: past Howard graduation speakers have included Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Maya Angelou.
Of course Diddy had plenty of friends and family there to witness this historic event….
Congrats to Diddy on receiving such a special honor.