Next month, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs will be delivering a speech to Howard University seniors Diddy-bopping their way out of college, Complex reports. And Black Twitter seems to be quite pleased with this year’s selection!
“Diddy’s net worth is greater than Howard’s Endowment. Just to give some context,” one Twitter user said. “Diddy is the speaker at Howard’s graduation this year. that’s pretty cool,” another posted. But as expected, there will always be a handful of critics. A few are just a bit unimpressed with Diddy’s educational background — or lack there of:
“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,’” Alex Newell tweeted.
“Lmao why is Diddy Howard’s commencement speaker? He didn’t even graduate from college,” Lindsey posted.
Combs did in fact attend Howard University as a business major, but he barely completed a semester before dropping out in 1989. The ambitious young Diddy went on to intern at Uptown Records in New York City. Fast forward to the present — and well — let’s just say it was well-worth skipping the four-year college track.
Perhaps Combs, now worth $580 million, learned more about business and entrepreneurship on-the-job, in the real world, than he ever would at Howard.
“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,” interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick said of Combs. “We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” Frederick added in a press statement.
The man of many names will be receiving an honorary doctorate in humanities. Other special guests receiving honorary doctorates include CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon Clive Callendar, jazz musician Benny Golson, and PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi.
A few other HBCUs have announced their commencement speakers for Spring of 2014 as well:
Xavier University of Louisiana – Blair Underwood, actor, producer, and writer.
Morehouse College – Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Tuskegee University - Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Claflin University – Dr. Charles Ogletree, prominent law professor at Harvard, mentor to President Obama
North Carolina A&T State University - Bill Haslam, the 49th Governor of the State of Tennessee
Speakers for other HBCUs such as like Spelman, FAMU, Fisk University, Dillard University, and Clark Atlanta University are TBA.