Megan Thee Stallion of Houston receives a college diploma as well as Congressional recognition.
Megan Thee Stallion, a Houston native, had a big weekend in Texas, graduating from Texas Southern University on Saturday and receiving the 18th Congressional District Humanitarian Award from Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on Sunday.
Megan Thee Stallion was born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete and grew up in Houston's South Park neighborhood before moving to Pearland at the age of 14.
In 2013, she graduated from Pearland High School.
Her music career took off a year later, while she was a student at Prairie View A&M University, when she began posting freestyle rap videos on Instagram and other social media platforms, according to Essence.
Megan Thee Stallion dropped out of college to pursue a rap career, but she later returned to Texas Southern University to finish her degree.
She received her bachelor's degree in health administration from Houston College on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
Jackson Lee honored the Grammy Award-winning rapper at a ceremony in Houston the next day, on Sunday, December 12,2021.
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"The most challenging thing about college was definitely staying motivated to finish because I was going through so many things and sometimes I'll just be like, man, forget all this. I just want to go hide in the corner. I'm stressed," she told Rolling Stone. "But I still kept my mother and grandmother at the back of my mind. Before they passed away, they saw me going to college and they were really hard on me about it."
"I'm still going to open up these assisted living facilities, and I definitely want to hire new college graduates," she said. "Nobody ever wants to hire you fresh out of college because they feel like you have no experience, so I want to create a place where you can get experience." She told Rolling Stone in 2019 that she hoped to open assisted living facilities in Houston, and that she hoped her studies would help her achieve that goal.
Meanwhile, Texas Southern has established Thee Megan Fund scholarship pool.
"Welcome to the scholarship page in honor of TSU graduate Megan Pete aka 'Megan Thee Stallion.' Tax-deductible donations to this page will help other TSU students cross the finish line at graduation, just like Megan! Go Tigers!" the historically black university says on the fund's page.
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Megan Thee Stallion received an award from Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee the day after she graduated from Texas Southern University.
"This award hasn't been given out often. It hasn't been given out to many," Jackson Lee said during the ceremony. "That is why it remains a very special part of our congressional district. The district is almost a million people. The district has great history. So when this award is given, it has that special promise and history."
"The Hero Award is wrapped in humanitarianism," she continued, "it means you have exhibited humanity and have helped without being asked.... We are nothing in this country if we don't help our fellow brothers and sisters."
Megan Thee Stallion expressed her gratitude for the honor by saying she feels a "responsibility to take care of the city that took care of me." She continued, "My grandma always taught me to be kind and giving. I learned that from her. I was raised by very giving women, so I want to dedicate this award to my grandma because she taught me to be the woman I am today."
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