Dillard University will hold its 82 nd Commencement on Saturday, May 12, at 8 a.m., on the historic Avenue of the Oaks. The University will confer more than 200 undergraduate degrees next month.
Dillard is proud to announce that the Grammy Winning Artist,Chance the Rapper will deliver this year’s commencement address.
Chancelor Bennett, Chance the Rapper, is a hip-hop artist, singer, songwriter, and record producer, whose rise to mainstream success has been unprecedented as an independent artist. In 2017, his Coloring Book became the first streaming-only album to be nominated and win a Grammy. Without even signing a record deal, Bennett’s strategic move has undoubtedly changed the music industry forever.
“He is part of a new wave of artists that can openly talk about faith while being in hip-hop, as he says ‘I speak to God in public,’ balancing the secular and the sacred,” said Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.
Kimbrough teaches a class on ethics and hip-hop has sought Bennett appearing on campus for two years, for a multitude of reasons. “He’s not signed but a multiple Grammy winner,” said Kimbrough, who’s also known as the Hip-Hop Prez, while adding that Bennett gives away his music, movie tickets, Jordans, and awards to school teachers. “He’s the artist that your grandmother would love.”
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