UK grime sensation Stormzy has been awarded with an honorary degree from the University of Exeter for his services to culture.
The musician, whose real name is Michael Owuo Jr, was officially granted the degree in recognition of his “remarkable contribution to society and extraordinary talent”.
Speaking about the university’s decision to grant him the chance to don a gown, Professor Lisa Roberts commented: “[He is] an outstanding musician and wordsmith [who] inspires people to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights”.
Continuing: “The University of Exeter has put social justice at the heart of its new ten-year strategy which includes opening doors to people from all walks of life into higher education and it was wonderful to hear Michael’s powerful speech today to students and graduates.”
In his acceptance speech, Stormzy emotionally reflected: “I got my AS results in my first year of college and said ‘Yeah, see you later’. I didn’t have the same minerals that you guys have.”
Adding: “A year later I took another swing at my A levels at a different college… until I sat down for my English exam in January and walked out after 10 minutes.”
Ultimately concluding upon reflection, “I was like, ‘Rah boy… check me out. They’re calling lil’ old Mike a philanthropist’.”
You can check out his acceptance speech below.