It’s a big day for E-40! The rap legend has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Grambling State University.

E-40 first attended the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) for one year starting in 1986, per Business Insider.

He has remained close to the school throughout his rise to fame and entrepreneurial success.


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Earlier in 2023, he made a six-figure donation to the university to the tune of $100,000.

“Proud to be in a position to give back to my alma mater @Grambling1901 and invest in the next generation of young talented musicians at the University,” he wrote in an Instagram post

The funds supported the school’s music department, the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, and the installation of a recording studio, which was named “Earl ‘E-40’ Stevens Sound Recording Studio,” according to a news release.

“E-40 has used his success as a recording artist to create an entrepreneurial empire,” said GSU President Rick Gallot, in a news release. “We are so grateful that he is giving back to his alma mater in such a substantial way. Our current and future students will benefit from his investment in our state-of-the-art student recording studio.”

“Grambling State is incredibly grateful for Mr. Stevens’ appearance at the university and especially his donation,” said GSU Vice President for University Advancement and Innovation Melanie Jones. “It’s gifts like this from our alumni and supporters that are the driving force that keep the university moving forward and creating bigger and better futures for our students.”

Grambling State University is showing its appreciation by granting E-40 an honorary doctorate degree. On May 12, he received the prestigious award in Louisiana.

Congrats, E-40!