While you cement plans to wrap up your undergraduate diploma in a worldwide hit tune, the strain is on to satisfy your self-imposed deadline.
Rap celebrity Megan Thee Stallion—generally known as Megan Pete at her HBCU alma mater Texas Southern College—fulfilled the promise she made in summer time chart topper “Thot Shit”: that in “2021, finna graduate faculty.” As followers celebrated her stroll throughout the stage in December with the hashtag #MeganTheeGraduate, there are indicators that the Houston native could possibly be inspiring others to do the identical.
Like many undergrads, Megan Thee Stallion’s path to commencement wasn’t a easy one. The “Savage” rapper instructed Rolling Stone that she began her diploma at one other Houston-area HBCU, Prairie View A&M College, and took a smattering of group faculty lessons earlier than deciding to finish her bachelor’s diploma in well being administration at Texas Southern.
Megan, who received the Greatest New Artist Grammy in 2021, was so desirous to graduate that she took 5 lessons throughout her last semester, she reveals within the interview. Even her managers pitched in by reminding her of assignments. When her music profession took off, Megan talked to high school directors about choices for staying enrolled and shifted to on-line lessons.
“I wished to get out of there,” the 26-year-old tells the journal. “I saved asking my Dean. I used to be like, ‘What do I’ve to do to only be completed?’ She was like, ‘Okay, Megan, you actually going to need to buckle down and these are the final lessons that you need to take.’”
That particular person giving Megan some actual speak was Well being Administration Program Director Monica Rasmus. She says there’s been an uptick in curiosity in this system, each on the undergraduate and graduate ranges, and has heard of potential college students mentioning Megan by identify.
“She impressed in two areas: One for returning to high school to finish what college students had began, and for an curiosity in majoring in well being administration,” Rasmus says. “It’s not merely Ms. Pete’s commencement. It’s her attendance and her matriculation by means of this system. I’d assume her continued success within the leisure trade could be an impetus for college kids to hunt out our program as a result of it’s all the time going to be connected to her.”
Rasmus notes there could possibly be one other ingredient at play within the greater name quantity to her workplace, except for Megan’s starpower.
“The pandemic put public well being within the forefront of individuals’s minds,” Rasmus says.
On commencement day Dec. 11, followers tuned into the college’s livestream and reacted in actual time to the ceremony. Twitter received in on the celebration by making a particular #MeganTheeGraduate and #HottieGraduation hashtag icon. The hitmaker received shoutouts from celebs like fellow rapper Cardi B and schooling officers together with U.S. Schooling Secretary Miguel Cardona.
Over the summer time, Megan supplied encouraging phrases to fellow undergrads and followers on Twitter.
“My faculty expertise has been a curler coaster!” Megan wrote. “I began at PV went to some group schools in between and I’m ending at TSU. Don’t get discouraged! You possibly can chase your desires and your schooling on the identical time 👏🏽”
Rashid Mosavin, dean of Texas Southern College’s pharmacy and well being sciences faculty, says it’s too quickly for numbers to disclose what Megan’s true affect on enrollment is likely to be. However her donation of $25,000 in scholarships—a part of her nationwide $1 million scholarship partnership with e-commerce model Vogue Nova—has already helped three college students overcome what Mosavin says is the best barrier to graduating: entry to monetary assist.
“I feel the impression is big,” Mosavin says. “I hope she conjures up not solely college students in my faculty however in arts, dance, all of that.”
Many faculty college students will be capable to relate to Megan’s confession that motivation was an enormous problem whereas finishing her diploma. However she stayed the course to honor her late mom and grandmother, who each died in 2019.
“Earlier than they handed away, they noticed me going to school they usually have been actually onerous on me about ending faculty,” Megan tells Rolling Stone, “so I used to be like, you understand what? I’m not simply doing it for myself, I’m doing it for them too. I would like them to be so proud.”
The rapper now has a Texas Southern scholarship in her identify, Thee Megan Fund. She has additionally expressed her want to open assisted dwelling services in Houston, impressed by watching her grandmother look after her great-grandmother, and create jobs for brand spanking new faculty graduates within the metropolis.
“Not solely was she good at bringing consciousness to our program on the college, she was citizen in this system and an asset to her fellow college students,” Rasmus says. “We’re pleased with her accomplishments and paying it ahead by means of the college.”