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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Honoring Prince Rogers Nelson

Remarks delivered at the Honorary Degree Ceremony for Prince Rogers Nelson, Ted Mann Concert Hall, September 26, 2018.

Good evening everyone. I’m John Coleman, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, which is home to the School of Music. I want to thank you all once again for joining us.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 was a very exciting day in my office. That was the day that after months of behind-the-scenes work, my staff learned that we were on course to award Prince an honorary degree. As we started the nomination process, everyone was thrilled, anticipating the honor of recognizing such a remarkable Minnesotan.

You can imagine the shock and the complete turn of emotions when, the very next day, we learned of his passing.