Diddy Makes $1 Million Donation to Howard University During Surprise Homecoming Visit


October 23, 2023

Diddy is giving back to his alma mater!

During his Howard University Yardfest homecoming performance on October 20 , Diddy surprised the HBCU with a $1M donation, WJLA reports. The rapper attended Howard University as a business major before leaving to start his music career at Uptown Records. 

“HBCUs are something that we have to protect! They gave birth to me, my resiliency & let me understand my Black excellence! HBCUs introduced me to people all over the world,” he shared on Instagram. “We have to keep coming home, sowing our seed & investing in all HBCUs!! Love to my alma mater @Howard1867!! LOVE.”


Diddy returned to Howard in 2014 to receive an honorary doctorate in humanities. While he was there, he also delivered the university’s 146th Commencement Address.

“As someone who attended Howard University and values the transformative experience of historically Black colleges, it remains crucial that we strive to protect and uphold their legacy,” Diddy said during Yardfest. “This donation to Howard is not just a financial contribution; it’s also a reaffirmation of our commitment to a cultural institution that has touched countless lives. It’s about ensuring that HBCUs continue to receive the support they rightfully deserve.”

“This is such a tremendously meaningful gift to Howard University, and we are deeply grateful. Since his days here as a student, Sean Combs has always credited Howard for helping him become the groundbreaking entertainer and entrepreneur that he has become,” said Howard president Ben Vinson III. “His gift will have a profound impact on our students, paving the way for future leaders. We are honored to have Sean Combs as a part of our Bison family.”


Diddy’s recent donation is the latest of his many donations to HBCUs. He made a promise during the 2022 BET Awards that he would donate money to several HBCU programs, starting with a $1 million donation to Jackson State University in August.

Photo by WJLA

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