J. Cole Finally Received His Diploma At His St. John's Concert Last Night

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30:  Recording artist J. Cole performs during ESPN the Party at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for ESPN)

J. Cole Finally Received His Diploma At His St. John's Concert Last Night

Dreamville's head honcho is sending the gift home to his mama.

Published April 10, 2015

Last night J. Cole performed something of a homecoming concert at his alma mater, St. John's University in Queens, New York, and he left with a little more than he walked in the door with.

Cole, a summa cum laude 2007 graduate of the prestigious university, never received his physical diploma. The reason? A missing library book that he was fined for that never got paid off.


"If you have any outstanding fee, that translates to money," the rapper said. "There's a price associated with it. I never paid. That's why I don't have my degree."

The special moment was a surprise to everyone in the audience and on the stage, and after the former provost and his former professor Dr. Julia Upton presented him with the piece of paper — which represented the time that he spent at the university — J. Cole joked that the school let him slide and that he would send it off to one woman in particular: his mom.

Read more about the magical night here!

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Written by Taj Rani


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