Sean “P Diddy” Combs to Deliver Howard University’s Commencement Address Saturday

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From the Columbia Heights Listserv:

“Our neighbor, Howard University, is having its commencement/graduation this Saturday, May 10. Sean Combs (a.k.a. P. Diddy/Puff Daddy) is the commencement speaker. Expect heavy traffic in the lower Georgia Avenue corridor and surrounding streets.”

From Howard University:

“Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Combs will deliver the 146th Commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, May 10, 2014, Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick announced today.

The University will award degrees to more than 1800 students. Combs was a student at Howard University in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate in humanities at the convocation.

“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,” Frederick said. “We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker. 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.”

Five individuals will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony. They represent an exemplary group of pioneers and trailblazers in the fields of journalism, the arts, business and medicine. This year’s honorees are: Wolf Blitzer, Clive Callender, Benny Golson and Indra K. Nooyi.”

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  • In what world is Diddy chosen to give a commencement address over Indra Nooyi?

    • In the world of a HBCU where the commencement speaker will certainly make a sizable donation to the University following the receipt of the diploma.

    • Indira Nooyi is a terrible rapper. The concert after the graduation ceremony would be awful.

    • Maybe a world that values artistry over junk food? Both Combs and Nooyi have achieved considerable success in their respective business worlds. Combs, though, attended Howard, and I’d bet that HU will do quite a bit to reinforce that connection. I’d also imagine that whatever he’s likely to say will have a wide ranging appeal, and will interest the students. One of my graduation speakers was Neil Diamond — so I’d say the tradition of having someone who attended, but didn’t finish a degree program, get an honorary degree, give a speech, and maybe make a donation, is likely someone of a tradition.

  • Nothing inspires college graduates more than a college dropout.

    • He’s a Multi-Millionaire college dropout that managed to find success despite dropping out. I’d maybe kind of want to hear his words on success over that of a aging professor or a struggling book writer’s advice. Success is rarely linked to how many degrees one has these days. The only thing that degrees usually indicate is a lot of student loan debt. Sometimes academia is stuck too far up it’s own butt for it’s own good.

      • “Success is rarely linked to how many degrees one has these days.” Not true. Sean Combs, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates are the exceptions, not the rule.

      • Any one who drops out is likely to have very different results than Diddy or Gates or Allen. It strikes as a very odd choice to have someone who chose not to graduate address a crowd of graduates.

    • People seem to think that Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford was one of the best ever, and Bill Gates’ speech at Harvard is pretty well-regarded, too.

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