Stormzy, a rapper, singer, and songwriter, has achieved many milestones in his career. He has gained three top 1 singles, won multiple BRIT Awards, and has also gained an honorary degree. He has now received an honorary degree, which he feels most admirably.
The Own It performer was awarded the degree by the University of Exeter. As per the Independent, Stormzy was chosen an honorary graduate due to his outstanding achievements in higher education, philanthropy, and expanding participation.
Stormzy urged people to always share and support, uplift and assist in whatever capacity we are capable of. He joked: Before adding that he was so richly blessed by God with love and life, family and joy, as well as with hope.
Stormzy, the real name Michael Ebenezer Omari Owuo Jr, said, from the bottom of my heart, congratulations, well done, you should all be so proud of yourselves, what you have achieved is incredible, don''t let anybody downplay it, don''t let anyone undermine it. If youre sat in this room today, youre worthy and youre fantastic.
After wrapping up his speech, the MOBO-winner said a sweet shoutout to his mother who was sitting in the audience. Its always been her greatest desire for me to go to university and graduate and then become somebody, so this moment is a true full-circle experience.
The rapper launched the Stormzy Scholarship, which aims to provide opportunities for Black British students to study at Cambridge University. The scholarships are funded by Stormzy''s own charity, the #Merky Foundation, and HSBC. In 2021, 30 Black students received scholarships worth 20,000 per year, according to iNews.
We as a minority are still underrepresented at the top universities, and I pray this scholarship serves as a reminder that we are more than capable of studying at facilities of this calibre, according to the rapper. This is my proudest initiative thus far, and I hope to see some young Black geniuses in Cambridge soon.