By: Jodi Phillips

Former Howard University student Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs will present the May 10 commencement speech at the HBCU.  He will also receive an honorary doctorate in humanities.

“We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” said interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “His entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard. We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence.”

Combs dropped out of Howard University in the  late 80s before moving on to intern at Uptown Records.  His first job at the record label ended in termination but the mogul continued to push himself higher in the music ranks. He has since built an empire of music, clothing, accessories, movie production and alcohol.

Four other trailblazers will receive honorary doctorates at the graduation ceremony as well: CNN reporter Wolf Blitzer, Howard University professor of surgery Dr. Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo Inc. chief executive Indra Nooyl.

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