Prince Set to Receive Honorary Degree from University of Minnesota
Published Jun 10, 2016Prince may have passed away earlier in the spring, but his home state of Minnesota will honour his memory for years to come. Currently, the University of Minnesota is contemplating bestowing a posthumous honorary degree on the pop music icon.
The university's regents will be voting today (June 10) on whether they will be giving an honorary degree from the College of Liberal Arts to Prince Rogers Nelson, the Associate Press reports.
Plans for the degree had already been put in place prior to Prince's death on April 21, with university president Eric Kaler noting in a statement that the degree is awarded to people that had "achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public service, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship."
Kaler added that Prince had achieved all of the requirements and was celebrated worldwide for this.
Sadly, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose on his Paisley Park compound in April. This past Tuesday would have marked his 58th birthday.