Sean Combs Receives Honorary Degree From Howard University

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May 10: Sean "Diddy" Combs gives a thumbs up as he receives an honorary degree and delivers Howard University's commencement speech during the 2014 graduation ceremony in Washington. 

Add Dr. Combs to the long list of names for Sean Combs.

The music mogul, who recently changed his name back to Puff Daddy, received a honorary degree in humanities from Howard University during a commencement ceremony on the morning of May 10.

“Ain’t no homecoming like a Howard homecoming,” Combs joyously announced during his speech at Howard University, where he received a standing ovation and “Diddy” chants from the Class of 2014. “And it feels so good to be home.”

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The speech was live-streamed on the website of Diddy’s music-oriented cable network Revolt.

“Howard University didn’t just change my life -- it entered my soul, my heart, my being and my spirit,” said Combs, a former business major at Howard who left after two years in 1990. “Nobody is going to invite you to the front of the line, you got to push your way to the front of the line.”

Others honorees during ceremony were CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, surgeon Clive Callender, jazz great Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

“We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” interim Howard President Wayne Frederick said in a statement before the event. “He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked ‘The Yard,’ and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.”

Past Howard graduation speakers also have included Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Maya Angelou.


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