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.
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