What You Need to Know About Kanye West's Honorary Doctorate From the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kanye West will get an honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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College dropout Kanye West will soon get a doctorate degree from one of the most prestigious art schools in the country. And he’s secured it without ever having to take a single class.

During an interview with Clique TV last week, ‘Ye revealed he is getting an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Complex just received more information about the honorary doctorate. 

"These influential individuals earned this distinguished award through their work, which is always imaginative and aesthetically rich, and sometimes also provocative and controversial, shifting the cultural landscape in significant ways," SAIC wrote in a statement, sent to Complex via e-mail. "Most importantly, they are remarkable examples of creative success and determination, who are often inspirations to our students, faculty, and entire SAIC community."

Kanye will join an elite group of figures who have greatly contributed in the areas of art, design, and culture. Since 1938, SAIC has awarded honorary doctorates to people like Yoko Ono, Jeff Koons, Patti Smith, Ed Harris, and Marina Abramovic. Kanye’s prolific career as an award-winning artist, producer, director, designer, and entrepreneur make him the perfect addition to this prestigious group.

"West is a thinker and maker who often uses his work—his lyrics, videos, performances, designs and paintings—to deconstruct stereotypes and spur cultural discourse on important social issues," the statement read.

Kanye previously said he will get the degree on May 5. However, a spokesperson for the school confirmed to Complex that the graduation date is set for May 11.

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