It’s graduation season and there have been two rappers to receive honorary doctorate degrees for their work/contributions within the industry: LL Cool J and Diddy.
James Todd Smith, LL Cool J, was honored by Northeastern University with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree on May 2nd. To add to the honor it happened alongside his daughter who received her B.S. in Business Administration. In an interview with CBS Boston he stated:
“I’ve been called a few things, but never a doctor, that’s for sure. For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling.”
Sean, Diddy, Combs not only gave the 146th commencement speech for Howard University, but he was also honored with a honorary doctorate degree in Humanities (May 10th). He’s no stranger to the university as he was a student there for two years before dropping out in 1990. During the speech he stated:
“Of all the amazing moments God has blessed me with, this has to be one of The Greatest! Thanks You Howard University and The Class of 2014.”
College isn’t for everybody and these two men are examples of that. You can dream big and get where you need to go, but education is not to be undermined. If you’re passionate about something build on it. Greatness can be achieved. Passion makes greatness. Regardless of what you might think of either men their contributions speak for themselves and both honors are well deserving. CONGRATS!