Howard University Severs Ties with Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Revokes Honorary Degree Returns $1 million

Howard University Severs Ties with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Revokes Honorary Degree Returns $1 million

The University described Comb's assault of former girlfriend, Cassie Ventura, as fundamentally incompatible with Howard University's core values and beliefs

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The Howard University Board of Trustees voted to rescind the honorary degree conferred upon Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in 2014. The move comes in response to a recently released video depicting Combs assaulting his former girlfriend, Cassie Ventura, an act the university deems “fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs.” Combs, 53, had been among Howard’s most prominent alumni ambassadors and donors in recent years

The Board’s statement, released on June 7, 2024, outlined a series of actions taken against Combs. In addition to revoking his honorary degree, the university has terminated a 2016 gift agreement with the music mogul, disbanded the scholarship program bearing his name, and returned his $1 million contribution. Furthermore, Howard has canceled a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation, although no funds had been received under that agreement.

“Mr. Combs’ behavior as captured in a recently released video is so fundamentally incompatible with Howard University’s core values and beliefs that he is deemed no longer worthy to hold the institution’s highest honor,” the statement read. The university affirmed its “unwavering opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence.”

The video in question, which surfaced last month, depicted a disturbing altercation between Combs and Ventura at a Los Angeles hotel in 2016. Combs can be seen grabbing Ventura by the neck, shoving her to the ground, and dragging her by her sweatshirt. The footage has reignited scrutiny over Combs’ past conduct, with multiple women coming forward with allegations of assault and sexual misconduct against the music mogul.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs 53, issued an apology on Instagram, acknowledging his “inexcusable” behavior and stating that he had “hit rock bottom.” However, the apology did little to sway Howard University’s decision, as the institution remains steadfast in upholding its core values and commitment to creating a safe and respectful environment for its community.

The revocation underscores the seriousness with which Howard views the allegations against the music and business tycoon. Combs has not publicly addressed the video or the university’s actions.

Howard’s administration said the trustees’ decision was final and it would have no further comment on the matter. The university’s strong stance highlights its commitment to upholding ethical standards among its honorees and donors.

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