Dillard University graduates will receive the ultimate sendoff this May.
The New Orleans university will welcome Chance the Rapper for the 2018 commencement May 12 on the Oaks. In a statement to Billboard Sunday, Dillard University boss Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough touted Chance as "the artist that your grandmother would love" and praised his extended history of activism. "I thought he made for a great commencement speaker because of his spirit of being entrepreneurial and authentic," Dr. Kimbrough said. "But his civic engagement, including encouraging people to vote and willingness to speak out on issues, like his recent opposition to a Heineken ad, are just as paramount."
As commencement season kicks in, I personally urge colleges across the nation to continue booking artists like Chance to give graduates some proper inspiration before stepping into what's colloquially known as "the real world." In the event that such artists are not available, I am more than willing to give such a speech myself. Hit me up, colleges.
Last week, Chance was spotted back in the studio with Big Sean. As you'll recall, the two previously put in work on the collab track "Living Single," only to have its release botched due to leakers. Sean also joined Chance for the most recent Open Mike event at Harold Washington Library Center in Chance's hometown of Chicago. Presumably, we'll be hearing the results of these sessions shortly.