In 1990, Sean Combs dropped out of Howard University to intern at Uptown Records. Now, he simply goes by Diddy and he’s one of the biggest media moguls in the world, however that choice he made 24 years ago is catching up with him.
According to reports, a handful of students are upset with the university’s decision to name Diddy — a dropout — as their 2014 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient. “Can someone explain why Diddy, a person who never graduated from Howard, is speaking at graduation,” one scholar asked on Twitter. Another wrote, “Diddy is gonna make the commencement speech at Howard but what is he gonna say. ‘Well I dropped outta here & got rich but good luck.’”
Despite the backlash, the HBCU has no plans to change their speaker. “In selecting the individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees, Howard University continues the tradition of identifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the advancement of their fields and the world. We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” a rep for the school explained. “He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked ‘The Yard,’ and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard. We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence.”