Prince Receives Honorary, Posthumous Degree from U of M
Two years after his death, Prince will receive an honorary degree for his impact on music and contribution to Minneapolis.
Wednesday evening, Prince's sister Tyka Nelson will accept a degree on the late singer's behalf at a ceremony at the University of Minnesota.
Prior to The Purple One's death in 2016, the U of M had intended to honor Prince with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his "influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis." A Doctorate of Humane Letters is the U of M's highest honor and -- according to Classroom.com -- "one of several types of honorary degrees...usually given in recognition of achievements in the humanities or for philanthropic work."
KARE 11 reports of Wednesday night's ceremony:
Students from the university's School of Music will be joined by guest artists Kirk Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, St. Paul Peterson, Cameron Kinghorn and a surprise guest in paying tribute to Prince by performing music associated with his career."
The ceremony is free but already booked to capacity.