Monday, June 17, 2024

Howard University Rescinds Sean Diddy Combs’ Honorary Degree from 2014, Returning $1 Mil Gift

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Howard University is rescinding the honorary degree they gave Sean Diddy Combs in 2014. They’re also giving him back his $1 million donation and killing his scholarship.

Combs has been accused now by several women of sexual harassment, rape, and other crimes. A recently found video from 2016 shows him attacking his ex girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a hotel room.

The Howard statement reads:

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.

The University is unwavering in its opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence.

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 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.”

https://thedig.howard.edu/all-stories/howard-university-board-trustees-votes-accept-return-honorary-degree-issued-sean-combs-end

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