University of Minnesota to award Prince honorary degree

The University of Minnesota will be recognizing the talents of the late music legend Prince with an honorary degree this month. 

University leaders will posthumously award The Purple One with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which is the university's highest honor. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, will receive the degree on his behalf.

The presentation on Wednesday Sept. 26 at Ted Mann Concert Hall is free and open to the public, however university officials say the event is at capacity.

The ceremony will be complete with performances by students from the University's School of Music and special guests including Kirk Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, St. Paul Peterson, Cameron Kinghorn and a surprise guest.

The U of M had been planning to present the honor to Prince before he passed away. Prince died on April 21, 2016 due to an accidental drug overdose.