Howard University Revokes Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Honorary Degree, End Agreements and Return Gift Funds He Contributed To The HBCU Amid Public Fallout Over Cassie Abuse Video Leak

Posted June 7, 2024

The public fallout for Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs continues!

On Friday (June 7), Howard University announced that they would be revoking his honorary degree, ending all partnership agreements, and returning any donations he had previously made to the HBCU.

The news comes amid his ongoing legal woes and following the release of the 2016 footage of him physically abusing ex-girlfriend, Cassie.

Get into the official statement from Howard below.

A Howard University spokesperson released the statement below on behalf of the Howard University Board of Trustees regarding honorary degree recipient Sean Combs, following the conclusion of a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board on June 7, 2024. 

The Howard University Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to accept the return by Mr. Sean Combs of the honorary degree conferred upon him in 2014. 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. 

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 University is unwavering in its opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence. 

The Board has also directed the University administration to immediately take the following actions: terminate a 2016 gift agreement with Mr. Combs, disband the scholarship program in his name, return his $1 million contribution, and terminate a 2023 pledge agreement with the Sean Combs Foundation.  

No payments toward the $1 million pledge have been due or made by the Sean Combs Foundation as of this date, therefore no funds are due to be returned under the 2023 pledge agreement.” 


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