Prince Awarded Posthumous Honorary Degree By University Of Minnesota

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Prince may be gone, but he has done for music and for his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota will never be forgotten. Two years after his death he is still receiving honors. The University of Minnesota has warded the Purple one with a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which is the highest honor the university gives, CBS affiliate WCCO reports.

This honor is always given to people who are living, but an exception was made since there were plans to give this to Prince before he passed away in 2016.

His sister, Tyka Nelson, accepted her late brother’s honorary degree on his behalf.

“If you [poked] him, you would probably hear a sound of music,” Nelson said. “He was music, kind of like how God is love.”

One of his bandmates, Paul Peterson, also spoke at the ceremony and sang Prince’s praises.

“I have always said that I went to the college,” Peterson said. “I went to the College of Prince. He taught me so much about music, organizing music, the business of music.”

Prince passed away in April 2016 in his Minneapolis home of an accidental drug overdose.