Photos: Kanye West honoured with a doctorate degree

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 11:  Kanye West receives an honorary doctorate at School Of Art Institute Of Chicago on May 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage)

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 11: Kanye West receives an honorary doctorate at School Of Art Institute Of Chicago.  (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/WireImage)

Meet Dr. Kanye West.

The 37-year-old rapper – whose debut album was titled The College Dropout – received an honorary doctoral degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at its annual commencement.

West couldn’t hide his joy as he took to the podium at the university – known as one of the most prestigious schools for art in the country – but hilariously wiped the smile off his face when he posed backstage.

The moment clearly met a great deal to West, whose late mother Dr. Donda West was a Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, later becoming the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University.

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Now officially known as Dr. West, Kanye West began his speech by saying: “I am a pop artist, so my medium is public opinion, and the world is my canvas.”

He then made the audience laugh as he poked fun at his unapologetic behaviour (that has seen him storm the stage at two different award ceremonies, defending the singer Beyoncé over the years).

“‘I’m sorry’ is something that you can use a lot. It gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologise for it, and give your opinion again,” adding: “You should not be sorry for your opinions!”

West was not accompanied by his wife Kim Kardashian, 34, for the event, who had flown to Brazil to promote her new book, Selfish.

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West – who infamously criticized George W. Bush during a Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005 – made the audience laugh as he told them the former President has some “very cool self-portraits” adding “I didn’t know he was an artist.”

“‘I’m sorry’ is something that you can use a lot. It gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologise for it, and give your opinion again,” adding: “You should not be sorry for your opinions!”

West was not accompanied by his wife Kim Kardashian, 34, for the event, who had flown to Brazil to promote her new book, Selfish.

West – who infamously criticized George W. Bush during a Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005 – made the audience laugh as he told them the former President has some “very cool self-portraits” adding “I didn’t know he was an artist.”


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