Hip-hopsinger and music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will deliver the 146th commencement address at Howard University next month, the historically black college announced Tuesday.
"We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker," interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement. "We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence."
Combs, 44, was a student at Howard until dropping out in 1990 after two years to pursue a music career. He will receive an honorary doctorate in humanities at the May 10 convocation in Washington, D.C.Past commencement speakers have included Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Citigroup and Time Warner chairman Richard D. Parsons, Gwen Ifill of "PBS NewsHour", Gen. Colin Powell and author and poet Maya Angelou. Honorary degrees will also be given to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, surgeon Clive Callender, jazz musician Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi.