While already a decorated veteran within the music industry, Jermaine Dupri will soon be called Dr. Dupri, as the legendary producer will receive an honorary degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta. He announced on Instagram he will also serve as the commencement speaker for this year’s graduating class.
“Yo, I guess from this day forth you gotta call me Dr. Dupri,” the esteemed songwriter said on Wednesday (May 12). “Shout out to the Art Institute of Atlanta. I will be doing the commencement speech at this year’s graduation as well as receiving a Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, yeah. I seen Ludacris get his degree…I got mine now! Dr. Dupri.”
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“It gives us great pleasure to nominate Jermaine Dupri for an honorary degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta as his impressive achievements serve as an example of our aspirations for our students,” said Elden Monday, Interim Campus President of The Art Institute of Atlanta in a statement which Jermaine used as a caption for his Instagram announcement.
“Jermaine is a visionary who has contributed significantly to the Atlanta community through his work in the global entertainment market,” Monday continued. “As long-time fans of Jermaine and his music, his accomplishments and contributions to the music industry directly align with the mission of our institution as we strive to nourish and develop creative warriors to become productive contributors to society.”
“The students set to graduate from Ai Atlanta are unlike other graduates – they are truly super creatives – so it’s really exciting for me to speak to them and impart some advice on their special day,” Dupri added in his own statement. “I hope they see me as proof that hard work and unrelenting dedication busts down doors and makes anything you want to achieve possible.”
Known for being the President of Island Def Jam Music Group, Jermaine Dupri is one of the most decorated producers in music and is credited with bringing to life some of music’s biggest albums including Destiny Child’s eponymous debut and Usher’s Confessions.