METROLINK – Puff Daddy to deliver Howard U. commencement, despite objections

It’s graduation season and with Howard University’s commencement set for May 10, there is an ongoing debate about the chosen speaker: music mogul, entrepreneur, and Howard alum/dropout Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs.

On April 15, Howard announced via Twitter that Combs had been chosen as the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2014. Students immediately took to their own Twitter accounts to voice their opinions, ranging from outright disapproval, to questioning the decision, to excitement over hosting an enormously successful speaker. A music legend in the hip hop genre, Combs has multiple successful business ventures, albums, and singles, giving him a net worth of over $700 million.

Despite his success, as a dropout from the university where he intends to give a commencement speech, it begs the question of whether he is worthy of speaking to a room filled with graduates, when he himself does not have this accomplishment on his resume?

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