Not long after Howard University confirmed Sean “Diddy” Combs as its next commencement speaker, a slew of mixed emotions and views from students, alumni, and friends of the university filled the social media airways.
Some people have applauded the university for finally solidifying a relationship with a longtime unofficial alumnus, while others questioned Diddy’s caliber as a role model for this year’s graduates.
“When we are considering commencement speakers, I think we should hold our alum to a certain standard,” says Geoffrey Witherspoon II, a third-year law student at Howard University. “I don’t think of whether or not he graduated. A lot of influential people didn’t graduate from college. I would just feel much more comfortable with having an alum come back and speak to us who wasn’t just present when we had to give him an award or when we were throwing a party.”