“We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” Frederick said in the statement. “He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked ‘The Yard,’ and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.”
Also slated to get honorary degrees at the May 10 event are CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer; Clive Callender, a surgery professor at Howard’s medical school (and the first doctor to perform a transplant at Howard University Hospital); jazz artist Benny Golson; and PepsiCo chairman and chief executive Indra Nooyi.
The gig puts Combs in high-flying company: past Howard graduation speakers have included Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Maya Angelou.
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