U of M to Award Prince Honorary Degree

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September 14, 2018 03:15 PM

The University of Minnesota will pay tribute to Prince, presenting the late Minnesota music icon with an honorary degree later this month.

A release from the school Friday said U of M regent Darrin Rosha and president Eric Kaler will award Prince an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, the university's highest honor.

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Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, will receive the degree for her brother, who died at the age of 57 in April 2016. The ceremony will be held Sept. 26 and will feature performances from students in the university's School of Music, as well as guest artists Kirk Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, St. Paul Peterson, Cameron Kinghorn and a surprise guest.


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The release said the university had been planning to present Prince an honorary degree prior to his death from an accidental fentanyl overdose "in recognition of his remarkable talent and enduring influence in music, as well as his extraordinary contributions off-stage in shaping the city of Minneapolis, fostering musical talent and his influence in the realms of gender identity, fashion and socio-political activism."

In June 2016, the school's Board of Regents voted unanimously to award the honor  posthumously.

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