Howard University takes back Diddy’s honorary degree


Howard University has unanimously decided to revoke Sean “Diddy” Combs’ honorary degree in the wake of the release of the Cassie Ventura assault video.

According to a statement from the Howard University board of trustees, the decision was made due to the inconsistency of Combs’ behavior captured in a recently released video with the core values and beliefs of Howard University. They stated, “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 board also voted to return Diddy’s $1 million donation to the school and to cancel a 2023 pledge agreement worth $1 million with the Sean Combs Foundation.

In the time Diddy spent at Howard University studying business in 1987, he was reported to have assaulted his girlfriend and caused distress to other students, as noted by Rolling Stone. However, he dropped out during his second year.

Diddy’s violent assault on Cassie Ventura captured on video

A hotel surveillance video from 2016 appears to show Combs assaulting, kicking, and shoving his former partner Cassie Ventura, who had filed a federal lawsuit against him last year.

CNN shared footage that aligns with Ventura’s account of a physical altercation in her lawsuit against Combs.

The video depicts Combs chasing and dragging Ventura before kicking her and dragging her back to a hotel room. He is then seen aggressively confronting her, throwing objects, and behaving in a harmful manner.

If you or someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence and needs help, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or text “START” to 88788.

Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin's reporting beat centers around real estate, technology, and true crime. Previously, Liz completed video internships for Business Insider in New York City and Milkwood film studios in London. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied broadcast journalism and received concentrations in music and psychology.

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