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Sean 'Diddy' Combs overcomes criticism to receive honorary doctorate

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May 11, 2014 | 7:26am EDT

Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs won over the graduating class at America's Howard University by delivering a fun-packed commencement speech on Saturday (10May14). Officials at the Washington, D.C. institution came under fire earlier this year (14) when it was announced that the hip-hop superstar was set to return to his alma mater to pick up an honorary degree and deliver the 2014 commencement speech, because he had actually dropped out of the school. However, Combs managed to overcome the controversy by delivering an impassioned speech to the 2014 graduating class, who gave the star a standing ovation and continually chanted 'Diddy'. He told the students, "Ain't no homecoming like a Howard homecoming. And it feels so good to be home." Combs took to Instagram.com after the ceremony to share a series of snaps of him in his cap and gown and posing with his honorary doctorate. Combs attended the university in the late 1980s but left to pursue a career in the music industry. He followed previous speakers U.S. President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and poet Maya Angelou.

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