Kanye West to Receive Honorary Doctorate From Art Institute

Graduation MC gets his dream degree from Chicago school, recognized as "a major figure in the cultural landscape."

Despite him being a college dropout, Kanye West is set to receive an extremely prestigious academic honor. The rapper, singer and producer will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Lisa Wainwright, Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Administration at the SAIC, said that she knew 'Ye was the perfect candidate after reading an interview where he wished he had attended the institution. She went on to explain that he was deserving of the honor because he was "a major figure in the cultural landscape" who said that "art school was cool."


Though he did not finish, Yeezy attended Chicago's American Academy of Art. He left to study English at Chicago State University before officially dropping out at 20 to pursue his music career full-time. His experiences spawned the titles of his first three albums: The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation.

West will receive his honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on May 11. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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