Central State University granted Tyson an honorary doctorate in 1989.
Ironically, Tyson dropped out of high school when he was just a junior and never graduated. But Central State gave both him and Don King honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters degrees. "Mike demonstrates that hard work, determination, and perseverance can enable one to overcome any obstacles," Central State president Arthur Thomas said at the time. Hmmm...No high school degree required?