U of Minnesota Will Award Honorary Degree to Prince

June 13, 2016

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted last week to award an honorary degree posthumously to Prince, the singer and Minneapolis native who died in April. The College of Liberal Arts at the Twin Cities campus had actually started the process of nominating Prince before his death, and officials decided to continue the process after he died. "He changed the world’s view of what it meant to be Minnesotan," said a statement from Michael Kim, director of the University of Minnesota's School of Music. "He demonstrated that far from provincial and unassuming, Minnesota’s creative talents were cutting-edge and brilliant. I can think of no better way to express the university's esteem for one of Minnesota’s own sons, and one of the most talented and influential performing artists of all time."

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