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Nick Cannon Graduates from Howard University and Proudly Speaks during Virtual Ceremony

Tichafa Chidzonga
May 17, 2020
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Nick Cannon graduates from Howard University and shared his experience during a virtual graduation ceremony, where he was dressed in a gown and cap to give a speech.

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Nick Cannon's academic aspirations at an HBCU were more than just a storyline for his 2002 movie "Drumline." In 2016 he enrolled at the prestigious Howard University.

As part of his announcement at the time, he said, "Nelson Mandela once said, 'Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,' and with that said, I have officially enrolled at Howard University."

Nick Cannon stands at a podium as the spokesperson for Safe Communications, speaks at a Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus briefing on March 2, 2012 | Source: Getty Images (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Nick Cannon stands at a podium as the spokesperson for Safe Communications, speaks at a Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus briefing on March 2, 2012 | Source: Getty Images (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

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In an article written for former first lady

Michelle Obama's

"Reach Higher Initiative," Cannon admitted that he was aware of his success. Still, going to university had always been a goal of his, he

revealed:

"I'm pleased with my career so far, but I'm not satisfied. Never satisfied. That's why I have to always reach higher."

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In his desire to achieve more, the rapper, comedian, business mogul, television host, writer, and producer can now add university graduate his long list of accomplishments.

In a video shared from his virtual graduation, Cannon revealed that he received a degree in "Criminology/ Administration of Justice and a minor in Africana Studies."

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While wearing his official cap and gown, Nick gave his graduating class some words of wisdom and encouraged them not to be distracted and to continue to strive despite the obstacles they might face, he said:

"We've got to press on. The is nothing more common than unsuccessful people with talent, but persistence and dedication are [key]."

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According to Forbes, Cannon is following his own advice in striving for greatness in the classroom and beyond, and shared his desire to continue with his studies after graduation.

He said education has helped him become more well versed in the things he is passionate about, and he hopes to pursue his Master's in psychology.

Professionally, Nick has more opportunities coming his way. He has signed on to produce a talk show through his production company, "Ncredible."

The talk show would go alongside his other projects, "The Masked Singer," and "MTV's Wild 'N Out." Forbes reports, his shows generated $100 million in revenue in the past year for "Ncredible."

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