Kanye West will soon receive an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The rapper will receive the degree at the school’s annual commencement. Two other people will also receive honorary titles: Chicago gallery owner Rhona Hoffman; Art Institute of Chicago President and Director Douglas Druick; and Janet Neiman of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation (an SAIC alum, and co-namesake of the school’s Neiman Center).
Lisa Wainwright, dean of faculty and vice president of academic administration at SAIC, recalls an interview where Kanye wished he had attended the school.
“I read it and thought, ‘Wow, this is a fantastic moment.’ Here is this major figure in the cultural landscape promoting art school, this guy from Chicago saying art school is cool. So we thought, ‘This man deserves an honorary doctorate from us!’ He should have gone here,” recalled Lisa.
Kanye previously studied painting at the American Academy of Art for a short time.
Aside from that, Kanye left college at age 20 to fulfil his music aspirations.
UPDATE: Kim Kardashian alsi confirmed the news!
Dr. Kanye West!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you baby & I know your mom would be so proud too!!!! 🎓 pic.twitter.com/dgcj3uUVvq
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 11, 2015