Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was granted an honorary doctorate degree in humanities on Saturday during a graduation ceremony at Howard University.
Dressed in full graduation regalia, complete with gold tassel on his black cap, the 44-year-old hip-hop impresario told the audience that enrolling at Howard changed his life. And although he left the Washington, D.C., university before graduating, he never forgot his Howard family. Combs attended Howard as a business major in 1990, but did not complete his degree.
“Only this family could take one of its sons who already had three name changes and give him a fourth — Dr. Sean Combs,” exclaimed Combs.
Veteran actor Denzel Washington received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2011. Washington also delivered the keynote address to the school’s graduating students.
In his remarks to the students, he admitted that the idea of imparting wisdom to so many young adults was frightening.”I had to come exactly because I might make a fool of myself,” he joked. “I’ve found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Nothing.”