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Nick Cannon enrolls as a freshman at Howard U.

Nick Cannon announced on social media that he would be attending Howard University this fall as a freshman. (Video: WUSA9)
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Nick Cannon announced on social media that he was taking on a new challenge: education. He rapped, shirtless, about Howard University in a video on Facebook, and posted photos on Instagram of himself enrolling as a freshman, posing and traveling to the District.

The actor, musician, TV host, producer, comedian — let’s just say celebrity? — also posted quotes about the power of education from Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Franklin and others.

Earlier this month, viewers saw his shocked reaction when, on live TV, the “America’s Got Talent” host watched someone get shot with a flaming arrow. After a moment of stunned silence, he ran out, then assured the contestant he wasn’t on fire.

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After that, freshman classes should be a piece of cake.

Cannon said in a statement Tuesday evening, “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’ and with that said I have officially enrolled at Howard University.

“I am always seeking new challenges and continual growth and decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds.

“I have friends, mentors and colleagues who attended Howard University. I look forward to this new journey in my life and am excited about the possibilities ahead.”

(On social media, many people noted he seemed a tad over-bundled for an August day in the District.) Howard, an iconic college that is one of the most well-known and prestigious of the country’s historically black universities, has educated many famous people, including Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Taraji P. Henson and Sean Combs.

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He captioned that photo, “Turning these Airplanes into School Buses!”

“Been getting Money now its time to get Mindful!!” he wrote.

And people were responding to the news on social media.