You know how hard you’re working for your degrees? The hours and hours of studying, the dozens of papers, the hundreds of sleepless nights wondering when will it all end… Yeah, well, you could have avoided all of that if you dropped out, became famous and mentioned a school in a lecture one day, just like Kanye West… or should we say Dr. Kanye West.
West received an honorary doctorate degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday. His acceptance speech went a little something like this:
“This honor is gonna make your lives easier,” he said. “Two reasons: You don’t have to defend me as much and I’m going to make all of our lives easier. And it’s these Floyd Mayweather belts that are needed to prove what I’ve been saying my entire life. Whether it’s the cosign of Paul McCartney grabbing me and saying, ‘It’s okay he doesn’t bite white people.’ Or The New York Times cover. Or the Time ‘Most Influential’ cover. And now, a doctorate at the Art Institute of Chicago.”
“When I was giving a lecture at Oxford,” he continued, “I brought up this school because when I went on that mission to create in other spaces — apparel, film, performance — it would have been easier if I could have said I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago.”
West of course was discussing his troubles breaking into the art and design world, which we’ve heard a few times. And while he did make his speech about him a little bit, he was actually quite humble, which probably helped the students who originally did not want him to speak at the school.
Bob Bondgren, dean of continuing studies, told The Los Angeles Times, “As an alum myself, I thought that if art students don’t understand why he is worthy of being recognized, then they’re not getting the degree I got.”
It is important to note that in 1997, after high school, West actually received a scholarship to attend Chicago’s American Academy of Art. He transferred to Chicago State University after a year. He eventually dropped out, but luckily, is doing well for himself.
Do you think Kanye West deserved an honorary doctorate?