Honorary Degree Revoked

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – Sean “Diddy” Combs, the well-known and notorious rapper, formerly called “Puff Daddy” is no longer in possession of an honorary doctorate from Howard University, with the school deciding to revoke the degree over a video showing Combs engaging in an assault on his former girlfriend, Cassie Ventura.

The prestigious historically black institution, situated in Washington, D.C., made the decision to rescind the degree following a board vote last week, The College Fix reports.

This action was a direct consequence of the emergence of the violent video in mid-May.

Howard University’s decision was conveyed through a statement, as reported by Fox 5 DC.

“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 honors 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,” the school stated.

Further details on Combs’ association with Howard were shared.

“Combs spent two years at Howard before dropping out in 1990. He received an honorary doctorate and served as commencement speaker in 2014,” the college said.

Ventura has brought serious allegations against him, having sued Combs for “rape and years of abuse,” with the lawsuit reaching a settlement just one day later in November 2023, according to a CNN report.

The university has taken further steps beyond the rescindment of the honorary degree.

The institution will “terminate a 2016 gift agreement, disband the scholarship program named after him, return his $1 million contribution, and terminate a 2023 pledge agreement.”

The Sean Combs Scholarship Program was previously described in 2016 by Fox 5 as including funds, “an internship with one of Combs’ companies and mentoring through Combs Enterprises.”

In addition, Howard University clarified its financial dealings related to Combs.

“No payments toward 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,” it said.

The controversies surrounding Combs extend beyond his relationship with Howard University.

The rapper, who was also known as “Puff Daddy,” is currently facing “five other civil lawsuits accusing him of a range of sexual misconduct and other illegal activity.”

Despite these serious accusations, Combs has maintained his innocence.

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