Howard University revokes Diddy’s honorary Doctorate degree award

Howard University in Washington, D.C., has announced the revocation of the honorary degree awarded to Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, after a video surfaced showing him involved in a physical assault. Recall that PUNCH Online had earlier reported the emergence of a 2016 video depicting Diddy assaulting his former girlfriend, Casandra ‘Cassie’ Ventura, in a hotel hallway.

Diddy, a former Howard student who did not complete his studies, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2014. However, the university’s Board of Trustees has now voted unanimously to revoke this degree. A statement on Howard University’s website detailed the decision: “The Howard University Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to accept the return by Mr. Sean Combs of the honorary degree conferred upon him in 2014.

This acceptance revokes all honours and privileges associated with the degree. Accordingly, the Board has directed that his name be removed from all documents listing honorary degree recipients of Howard University.” In addition to revoking the degree, the university will terminate a 2016 gift agreement with Combs, disband the scholarship program established in his name, and return his $1 million contribution.

The statement further explained: “The Board has also directed the university administration to immediately take the following actions: terminate a 2016 gift agreement with Mr. Combs, disband the scholarship program in his name, return his $1 million contribution, and terminate a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation.

No payments towards the $1 million pledge have been due or made by the Sean Combs Foundation as of this date; therefore, no funds are due to be returned under the 2023 pledge agreement.”

The university deemed Diddy “no longer worthy to hold the institution’s highest honour” due to his behavior in the video, which is “fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs.” The statement concluded with a firm stance against interpersonal violence, noting that the board and university administration would not comment further on the matter.

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