The list of Chance the Rapper’s accomplishments just keeps on growing, as the son of Chicago is set to speak at Dillard University’s commencement ceremony in New Orleans next month.
Billboard reports Chance will address students during the schools 82nd graduation ceremony on May 12, at Avenue of the Oaks on the Dillard campus.
We are still celebrating! Can’t wait for #MyDU #2018 Commencement Sat., May 12, at 8 a.m. on The Oaks. And you’re invited! @chicagotribune @Suntimes @nytimes @washingtonpost @AP @NPR @nprmusic @whereyatnola @VibeMagazine @TheSource @BET @MTV @WBOK1230 @mypower1029 #DillardGrad18 pic.twitter.com/cmXTm0Ij5Q
— Dillard University (@du1869) April 6, 2018
“I thought he made for a great commencement speaker because of his spirit of being entrepreneurial and authentic,” Dillard President. Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough told Billboard. “But his civic engagement, including encouraging people to vote and willingness to speak out on issues, like his recent opposition to a Heineken ad, are just as paramount.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.