Chance the Rapper wants to study at Clark Atlanta University and CAU would love to have him.
“I was tryna go to Clark ATL. I’m still tryna go,” the artist said in a post now retweeted more than 13,000 times. “Like not honorary, the full blown ya dig. Can someone help me sign up?”
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Clark was quick to respond to the Chicago native who will be known as Chancellor Bennett on his diploma one day. Officials tell us they’ve made contact and have learned that attending Clark has been a longtime goal – one they want to help him achieve.
“Chicago students travel to Atlanta for the very education and cultural experience that our city has to offer and we welcome Chance with open arms,” Getchel L. Caldwell II, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, said in a statement.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance via video message at the 2017 BET Awards to congratulate Chance on being honored with the Humanitarian Award recognizing his activism and philanthropic work in Chicago.
“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” she said. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, Chance.
“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways,” she continued. “In addition to making some really amazing music Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago.”
This video clip, which highlights Chance’s work with the young people of Chicago and concludes with Obama’s remarks, is online here.
Clark Atlanta plays Grambling State for the 20th Annual Football Classic in Chicago soon – maybe they can arrange a get-together?
“Being invited back to Chicago for the Football Classic is an honor,” CAU President Dr. Ronald A. Johnson said in a statement. “We would love to engage Chance the Rapper during this historic event in the city he calls home.”
The entire campus community is on board. CAU Student Government Association is also extending a “Panther Welcome” to Chance the Rapper to attend or perform during 2017 Homecoming activities October 16-20.
For tickets to the Chicago Football Classic or to learn more about CAU Homecoming 2017 visit www.cau.edu.