Even after his death, Prince continues to earn honors. “The Purple One” has received an honorary degree from the University of Minnesota.
The AP reports University President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha presented the school’s highest honor, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, in a ceremony on campus Wednesday night.
UM planned on giving the icon the honor before his 2016 passing.
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Prince Posthumously Awarded Honorary Degree In life, #Prince had several names. In death, he now adds another: Dr. Prince. The University of Minnesota honored the late pop star Wednesday night with the institution’s highest award — an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. “Prince emulates everything a musician should be,” Michael Kim, director of the university’s School of Music, told CNN.
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St. Paul Peterson and Cameron Kinghorn paid musical tribute to the “Little Red Corvette” singer beside students from the university’s School of Music.
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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.