Kanye West Will Receive an Honorary Doctorate From SAIC

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Kanye West attends LE BAL hosted by MAC and Carine Roitfeld as part of Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2013 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on October 2, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Kanye West Will Receive an Honorary Doctorate From SAIC

Rapper turned doctor.

Published May 11, 2015

Kanye West is about to add honorary doctorate to his list of accomplishments.

West is set receive an honorary degree from the School of Art Institute of Chicago at its annual commencement today, reports The Chicago Tribune. West will share the stage with three other recipients: Chicago gallery owner Rhona Hoffman; Art Institute of Chicago President and Director Douglas Druick; and Janet Neiman of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation.

Although there have been online criticism from West receiving an honorary doctrine since its initial announcement, Lisa Wainwright, dean of faculty and vice president of academic administration at SAIC, was moved by an interview from West where he wished he had attended SAIC.

"I read it and thought, 'Wow, this is a fantastic moment.' Here is this major figure in the cultural landscape promoting art school, this guy from Chicago saying art school is cool. So we thought, 'This man deserves an honorary doctorate from us!' He should have gone here," Wainwright said.

Past SAIC honorary doctorates recipients have been Patti Smith, Jeff Koons, David Sedaris and Chicago artist Theaster Gates.

Just call him Dr. Kanye West from now on.

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Written by Eric Diep


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