Kid Cudi Receives Honorary Master’s Degree From Miami Fashion Institute

The rapper-actor shared some sweet photos of him with his mother at the ceremony.

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Hats off to Kid Cudi. The rapper and Cleveland native, 39, made a new achievement – and it wasn't in music or film.

On Friday, Cudi shared a photoset on Instagram showing that he received an honorary Master's degree from Florida-based design school Istituto Marangoni Miami. Recognized for his achievements in fashion, like launching his clothing brand Member of the Rage in June, Cudi is officially a member of the school's class of 2023.

“Today was a really special day. “Man, words cant really express how I felt/feel now in this moment," he captioned his Instagram post, which included pictures of him and his mother, Elsie Mescudi. "Im happy, I feel complete, accomplished, validated, all the things that bring immense joy. My mom sharing this moment w me was everything. She got emotional, and it was such a special memory we’ll have together forever."

He added, "I never walked across any stage. I got my GED in high school and only did a year of college. My mom finally got to see me achieve what I thought id never do. And it was beautiful. Thank you to @istitutomarangoni_miami , the wholE staff/faculty and ESPECIALLY the STUDENTS (THE FUTURE!!) for welcoming me and my family and friends w open arms and blessing me w this prestigious honor. Holy fuck I got my masters."

Additionally, the institution congratulated Cudi in a separate post, calling him an "inspiration" to "young creatives."  [It] is an honor for us to present this to the world of fashion worldwide and also a statement in the continuos [sic] pursuit of education in fashion and design, it is the future and the present of creativity," Istituto Marangoni Miami wrote.

Proceeds from Cudi's Members of the Rage pop-up will go towards the IMM Scholarship Fund to assist design students in establishing themselves in the field.

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