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Howard University Officials Shrug Off Students

Diddy Will Speak As Planned!!!

4/16/2014 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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DIDDY CANNOT BE SILENCED
-- at least at Howard University's upcoming commencement ceremony ... despite some major backlash from the student population.

Howard U.'s students are up in arms after Sean "Diddy" Combs was selected to speak at the school's graduation -- mostly because Diddy dropped out of Howard ... and many students believe he isn't a worthy role model.

But Howard's not backing down -- a rep for the school tells us, commencement will go forward next month as planned ... with Diddy helming the prestigious commencement speech (former speakers include Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Maya Angelou).

The rep adds, "Howard University continues the tradition of identifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the advancement of their fields and the world ... We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker."

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1.

Skit    

I hope they Booo his drop out butt off the stage

192 days ago
2.

HRH Prince Michael    

RIAA-NARAS-BMI-Studio-"Gangstas"/Chumpsters:
"WE won't let another Mutha-F**** Elvis happen!"


ALL, in -near-DUE time.

192 days ago
3.

Flying Blind    

The way to get ahead kids is steal other peoples chit and claim it as your own.

192 days ago
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Skit    

Doesn't look good for Ol Puffy when a whole College class doesn't want to see or hear him speak. They should listen to the students.

192 days ago
5.

She's baaaack    

I'm not a Diddy fan, but he's probably got more going in business and finance than half the alums do. I guess he was the only black (semi-)alum available.

192 days ago
6.

mania    

Shiddy

192 days ago
7.

andrewlala    

Zuckerberg dropped out harvard and gave a speech, why not diddy

192 days ago
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Divawidfevah    

In other words, Howard U needs them Diddy Dollars.

192 days ago
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bison babe    

@shes baaaack,

howard is a black college considered the black harvard of HBcuS.... it boasts a plethora of extremely successful alums that have become millionaires, scientists, actors, CEOs, politicians etc ( do your homework, I'm sure you're smarter then to make a non-fact based statement)... a few years ago Puffy donated $250k to the school and in return they gave him an honorary degree...he probably donated another $250 and they offered him the commencement which is why they are moving forward w/him as a speaker. As a Howard alum I find this to be a poor choice. Guess I won't be sending them a check this year.

GO Bisons! HU!

192 days ago
10.

Crystal    

Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) and Micheal Dell (Dell Computers) did not finish college. I understand the principle behind the backlash, but you can still take something away from any one of these men in terms of achieving success. It's plenty of broke, unsuccessful college grads. Don't think that is your golden ticket, because it is not. Learn from whomever they select to speak because they may have something to offer you regardless of if they finished their degree or not.

192 days ago
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TD_D    

I'm not a fan of Diddy's, but why would anyone say he's not a good role model? He made his own businesses, stayed off the streets, and made millions of dollars the right way! he's hip hop royalty. If that's not a role model, then idk what is!

192 days ago
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Vote2012    

Pretty sad the best they can do is get a drop out who has a very questionable past, what message does that send to graduates.

192 days ago
13.

Truth is    

P. Pissy is a horrible example no matter how you turn him. Flying overseas to abuse lil boys....

192 days ago
14.

Chgome    

The students pay tuition, that tuition pays for Diddy to speak. The students should be heard it is their money, therefore P. Diddy SHOULD NOT speak.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS NEED TO PROTEST

192 days ago
15.

PG    

Is he going to refer to the female grads as b!tches and H0s?

192 days ago
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