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Howard University Revokes Sean Combs’ Honorary Degree and Terminates Agreements

In a strong statement released today, Howard University announced the Board of Trustees’ unanimous decision to accept Sean Combs’ return of the honorary degree awarded in 2014.

“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,” the statement reads. “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 university cited a recently released video depicting behavior incompatible with their core values as the reason behind the decision.

“Mr. Combs’ behavior as captured in the 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 statement continues. “The University is unwavering in its opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence.”

The Board’s actions extend beyond revoking the degree. The university will also:

  • Return Combs’ $1 million contribution
  • Terminate a 2016 gift agreement with Combs
  • Disband the scholarship program established in his name
  • Terminate a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation (no funds were received under this agreement)

This decisive move by Howard University reflects their commitment to upholding their values and fostering a safe and inclusive environment for their students.

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