University of Minnesota will recognize Prince with honorary degree

September 26, 2018

Prince left an indelible mark on his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. He could have chosen to live anywhere in the world and there's something sweet and nostalgic about the fact that he built his studio complex, Paisley Park, 20 miles away from the city where he was born and raised. He once said, "I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little better."

So it makes sense that the University of Minnesota is going to recognize Prince's influence on music and his hometown by awarding him an honorary degree. The Doctorate of Humane Letters is the school's highest honor and it will be presented to Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson in a ceremony tonight.

The school had been planning to award it to Prince even before he died of an accidental painkiller overdose in april of 2016.

Just like many of his impromptu late-night shows at Paisley Park, this ceremony is free and already fully booked.