Diddy's honorary degree from Howard University has been taken back due to the 2016 surveillance video that shows Puff beating his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a hotel.

Diddy's Honorary Howard University Degree Revoked

On Friday (June 7), the school's collegiate newspaper The Hilltop reported that Howard University in Washington D.C. had voted to revoke Diddy's honorary degree. They also said they'd returned Puff's $1 million donation made to the school. The school's Board of Trustees voted to end the 2023 pledge agreement that had never actually been fulfilled by Puff's Sean Combs Foundation.

“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,” a statement issued by the university read, via The Hilltop.

Diddy received the honorary degree from Howard University in 2014.

The video in question was the 2016 hotel surveillance video in which Diddy could be seen beating and assaulting his ex-girlfriend Cassie Ventura. The video emerged online on May 17. Diddy apologized for his actions in the video in a recorded apology tape on May 19.

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Howard University's decision comes after Diddy returned to Howard University, his alma mater, to receive his honorary doctorate degree in humanities back in 2014. Diddy also delivered the commencement speech for the graduating class that year. The rebuke is noteworthy since Puff used to be a business major at the university from 1987 to 1989. He dropped out his sophomore year. In 2016, Diddy established the Seam Combs Scholarship Fund which was meant to help students in need of financial aid.

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