Ludacris, a renowned rapper, has received multiple honors for his rap music and acting. However, Ludacris is now a Panther for life after receiving an honorary degree in Bachelor of Science in Music Management from Georgia State University.

On Wednesday, the ‘Fast & Furious’ star spoke to over 800 master’s degree recipients to start off the school’s Commencement Week. Despite having attended GSU for a few years, Ludacris isn’t a typical college dropout. He actually dropped out of the Music Management program in the mid-1990s after signing a record deal with Def Jam Records and releasing his breakout single “What’s Your Fantasy?” in 2000.

The rest, as they say, is history. Ludacris would go on to release several multi-platinum albums, become a Hollywood mainstay and a happily married father of four. However, despite his success, Luda clarified to the graduates that his heart never left campus and that signing with Def Jam was a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance.

“My time on campus sharpened my skills. It gave me confidence that my path was preordained. That I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.

Though I left school I was never gone because this institution had become a part of me. It was a part of my fabric and DNA. My heart never strayed far from its steps and my commitment to someday return, and finish, was ever-present.”

Ludacris then praised GSU for having not only its first African-American president in over a century but also for graduating more African-Americans than any other university in the country. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more updates.

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