Common Receives Honorary Degree From Winston-Salem State University

  • By Olamide Onipede

Common spoke at the Winston-Salem State University 2015 graduation ceremony on Friday. The hip-hop artist also received an honorary degree from the university, a doctorate in Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremonial celebrations! He delivered an inspiring and motivational commencement speech,see more photos and read part of his speech below…


” I just have to say that this is one of the best days of my life, to get this honor from you all and for what it’s for. The spirit that you all bring right now, I just want to say go out and change the world. We all have got it in us. Go out and change the world. We’ve got opportunity. That changing the world starts with us, it starts with how we think about ourselves and loving ourselves. As we love ourselves, we can love each other and love our family members. Let’s just go change the world. “


The ceremony was held at Bowman Gray Stadium with a graduating class of 1,000 students and an audience of 12,000 people.
Following the conclusion of Common’s speech the school’s choir and band performed the artist’s song “Glory“.

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