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Ludacris Receives Honorary Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State

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Georgia State University presented an honorary degree to Grammy Award-Winning rapper Ludacris on Wednesday.

A release from Georgia State said the school was not only bestowing the honor on Ludacris, but it was a momentous occasion as the graduating class is the largest in the history of the school.

The actor and rapper is a former student of the school. Born Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, he was given an honorary degree during commencement exercises at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta.

According to the school, Ludacris was given the prestigious award for being a cultural and philanthropic icon. He attended Georgia State in the 1990s long before he became an icon in the hip-hop industry.

At the commencement ceremony, he addressed 800 master’s degree recipients while also receiving his own Bachelor of Science in Music Management.

“My time on campus sharpened my skills,” Bridges said. “It gave me confidence that my path was preordained. That I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.”

“Though I left school I was never gone because this institution had become a part of me,” he said. “It was a part of my fabric and DNA. My heart never strayed far from its steps and my commitment to someday return, and finish, was ever-present.”

The University says that over the years, Ludacris has been an alumnus, and most recently, in 2019, he joined the Creative Media Industries Institute as an artist-in-residence, where he taught students valuable lessons on the music and film industries and shared his wealth of experience.

Part of his legacy at the school also includes participation in a College of Law series.