Media outlets and social media were abuzz this weekend for Puff Daddy, P. Diddy's, and now Dr. Combs's inaugural speech at Howard University this past Saturday. "Sean Combs was awarded an honorary doctorate from Howard University on Saturday morning during a ceremony where the hip-hop mogul delivered the commencement address. Combs had attended Howard as a business major for two years before dropping out in 1990, and he spoke to the crowd of new graduates about the impact his time at the Washington, DC university made on his life. "Howard University didn’t just change my life – it entered my soul, my heart, my being and my spirit," he said as he received his honorary degree in humanities. "
"Combs was recognized by the university on Saturday alongside CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, surgeon Clive Callender, jazz saxophonist Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi".
"We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker," Howard's interim President Wayne Frederick said in a statement. "He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked 'The Yard,' and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard."
Below were some excerpts of what Dr. Combs had to say:
“Hard work and big dreams are the fruits of life. Drawing from some of his biggest lessons learned, including the pivotal points in his life, REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs urged the 2014 Howard University graduating class to not just pursue their dreams but, make it a reality. “I don’t want you to dream,” he said. “I want you to do.”
“My world was changed here on Howard. I was raised by a single mother. My dad, Mr. Melvin Combs, died when I was three,” reflected Combs. “My mom told he passed away in a car accident but something about that didn’t feel right. So I looked back and searched articles and found out that he had been murdered in a drug deal gone bad. Right there in that [Howard] in that library, I realized there’s nothing greater than a mother’s love and desire to protect her child. Nothing. I also decided that I would live my life in a way to make her proud. I decided to embrace the entrepreneurship of my father, but in a honest way, in a legal way by earning, scraping, working harder, believing in myself and most importantly making the most of the blessings that God blessed me with.”
“Close your eyes and dream, Combs said. “Then open your eyes and see.”
This is a testimony that all things are possible if you believe in yourself and work hard. P. Diddy may not have graduated from this college but his hard work and entrepreneurship spirit paved the way to open that door. If anything I think our generation should take this as a true testament to stay motivated, and dream big!!!