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Diddy distanced by Howard University

Howard University is distancing itself from Sean Combs, better known as “Diddy.”

The University released the following statement late Friday afternoon.

“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. 

Mr. Combs’ behavior as captured in a recently released video is so fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs that he is deemed no longer worthy to hold the institution’s highest honor. 

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The Board has also directed the University administration to take the following actions immediately: 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 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.” 

The Board and University administration have no further comment on this matter. 

Howard University Board of Trustees 

The governance of Howard University is vested in the Board of Trustees, which is responsible for controlling and directing the University’s affairs, property, and interests. The Board of Trustees may exercise all powers and authorities conferred upon the University as outlined in the Act of Incorporation and as otherwise permitted by law. 

Diddy entered Howard as Sean Combs back in the late 1980s. He left school to start his music career but maintained allegiance with the school for decades. He was the school’s commencement speaker a decade ago.

Diddy distanced by Howard University

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