Megan Thee Stallion is getting hotter by one degree. The Grammy-winning artist received a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University on Saturday.
“Megan Pete, a.k.a. Megan Thee Stallion, is one of 843 graduates who will celebrate their accomplishments achieved at Texas Southern University,” the university announced in a statement.
Ahead of the big day, the hitmaker took to social media to share her excitement and inspire her fans.
“I want y’all to remember that you can do whatever you wanna do and be whoever you wanna be, cause look at me,” she wrote.
The Houston native started her college journey at Prairie View A&M University, another historically Black college or university in Texas. Pete is rooted in a rich legacy of HBCU alumni following in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother, aunt and uncle, who all attended PVAMU. She later transferred to Texas Southern, where she will cross the stage today.
Despite fame, she vowed to finish college not only for herself but for the influences in her family –- her grandmother and late mother, Holly Thomas.
The rapper has been a strong advocate for higher education, awarding several college scholarships to students over the last two years and proving to be an inspiration for millions of her fans.
Crossing the stage, she joins a prestigious roster of HBCU alumni who are activists and entertainers, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Jesse Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Strahan and Stephen A. Smith.
This has been a breakout year for Pete. She took home awards for best rap performance and best rap song for her No.1 hit “Savage” at the 63rd Grammys.
In November, she was honored at the 2021 Glamour Woman of the Year awards, when she took a moment to embrace her accomplishments as a college student rather than a hip-hop phenomenon.
“I win a lot of awards as Megan Thee Stallion, but tonight I choose to accept this award as Megan Pete,” she said, “a soon-to-be college graduate from Houston, a woman who has built a successful career in a male-dominated industry.”
Megan Thee Stallion plans to open an assisted living facility in Houston, which she has said will provide more opportunities for graduates and economically support her home city.
By Jade Lawson