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University of Minnesota awards Prince with honorary degree
University of Minnesota awards Prince with honorary degree

University of Minnesota Awards Prince With Honorary Degree

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Days after what would have been the Purple One's 58th birthday, Prince received another of the awards he earned from his life as a trailblazing musician: an honorary degree.

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents awarded Prince with an honorary doctorate of humane letters on Friday, according to The Star Tribute reports.

Prince never attended college, but he meant a lot to the area. He was born in Minneapolis, and he founded Paisley Park Records in Chanhassen, Minnesota. After the label folded, he continued to live in the Paisley Park Studios property until his death on April 21.

According to Fox 9, the university was already considering Prince for the honor before he died. Since the process was so far ahead, they decided to continue and give him the award.

The honorary doctorate is awarded "to an individual who has achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public service or in a field of knowledge and scholarship," said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. "As Minnesotans and people around the world celebrate Prince's life and contributions in each of these categories, the university believes the appropriate action is to continue the process and consider awarding the honorary degree posthumously."

Kaler added that an upcoming event will be thrown to officially present the award.