Sean “Puffy” Combs, 44, has come full circle. The entertainment mogul who dropped out of college at Howard University in 1990, over two decades ago to start a career in music, has earned an honorary Doctorate of Humanities in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and champion of education. He is the chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Combs Enterprises, one of the world’s preeminent group of companies and brands, which includes Blue Flame Agency, Bad Boy Records, Sean John apparel, Revolt TV and Ciroc vodka.
At their 146th Commencement, Howard also granted honorary doctorate degrees to Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor; Clive Callender, M.D., Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine and the first physician to perform a transplant at Howard University Hospital; Benny Golson, internationally renowned jazz legend; and Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo.
During the class of 2014 commencement address to more than 2,600 students on Saturday, May 10 where HU conferred 105 doctoral degrees, the largest Ph.D. class in the University’s history, Sean Combs, also known as Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy, and Puff Daddy, had these things to say:
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