Diddy donates $1 million to alma mater Howard University in surprise homecoming visit

Dollita Okine October 24, 2023
Sean "Diddy" Combs, who attended Howard University, gave a sizable donation to the institution. Photo Credit: Instagram, Sean "Diddy" Combs

The legendary musician Sean “Diddy” Combs, who attended Howard University, gave a sizable donation to the institution last week. At the school’s Yardfest event on Friday night, he also took center stage and sang some of his most popular songs.

He honored his 2022 pledge to donate to HBCUs by giving a $1 million donation to Dr. Ben Vinson III, President of Howard University, following the show.

According to 7News, he said, “As someone who attended Howard University and values the transformative experience of historically black colleges, it remains crucial that we strive to protect and uphold their legacy. This donation to Howard is not just a financial contribution; it’s also a reaffirmation of our commitment to a cultural institution that has touched countless lives. It’s about ensuring that HBCUs continue to receive the support they rightfully deserve.”

President of the institution, Vinson, expressed his gratitude to the popular artist, saying, “This is such a tremendously meaningful gift to Howard University, and we are deeply grateful. Since his days here as a student, Sean Combs has always credited Howard for helping him become the groundbreaking entertainer and entrepreneur that he has become.”

“His gift will have a profound impact on our students, paving the way for future leaders. We are honored to have Sean Combs as a part of our Bison family,” said President Vinson.

Combs’ recent donation is the latest of his many donations to HBCUs. He donated $1 million to Jackson State University’s football program in August. Combs, 53, attended Howard in the late 1980s but he didn’t graduate, though he received an honorary degree from the university in 2014.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: October 24, 2023


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