Megan Thee Stallion has graduated from college, having decided to pursue her degree as a tribute to her mother Holly Thomas, who sadly died from cancer two years ago.
The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, earned her bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University, having joined the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for their graduation ceremony yesterday (Saturday 11 December).
A video shows Megan walking onto the stage as crowds of people cheer, shaking hands with the university’s president, Dr Lesia Crumpton-Young, as she receives her diploma.
She shakes the hands of several other faculty members, even stopping for a moment to pose for a selfie before walking down the ramp.
Megan also posted a number of photos on her own social media pages, writing on Instagram: “Meg Thee Graduate. I know my parents are looking down on me so proud. Thank you everyone for all the love today.”
On Twitter she added: “WE DID IT HOTTIES.”
Earlier in the day, she also shared the streaming link with her millions of followers, having told fans the day before: “I’ll be graduating from my HBCU TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY this Saturday!! I want y’all to remember that you can do whatever you wanna do and be whoever you wanna be, cause look at me!”
The university congratulated Megan on social media, tweeting: “TSU is proud of @TheeStallion and all 843 graduates whose individual stories encourage and inspire others to pursue greatness.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona also said: “You’re graduating. Congratulations, you worked so hard for this. So proud of you. Texas is proud of you. The country is proud of you. This secretary is proud of you.”
On top her degree, Megan has also launched Thee Megan Fund, a scholarship fund to help TSU students who are facing financial hardship 'cross the finish line at graduation'.
Megan decided to go for her degree as a nod to her late mother, who sadly died from brain cancer.
She told People last year: “I want to get my degree because I really want my mom to be proud.
“She saw me going to school before she passed.”
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about working on her college degree back in November 2020, she also said: "School is so hard and online classes are really hard too, but I was already doing online classes before quarantine started.
"I had to because I couldn't go on campus anymore. I mean, my focus was definitely better because I didn't have a lot of distractions. But I'm still in school, and I'm projected to graduate in 2021!"