Kanye West received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday (May 11).
Dressed in a black cap and gown, the rap star accepted the honor with a speech.
“I am a pop artist, so my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas,” he began.
“George Bush…” Ye said later, as the crowd erupted in laughter. “Has some very cool self-portraits. I didn’t know he was an artist.”
During the speech, Kanye also admitted to being nervous. “I felt my nerves a bit, and I don’t feel that feeling a lot—the nerves of humility and modesty, when being honored. A humanization, a reality of being recognized.”
He also said the doctorate he’s been given will help him make everyone else’s life easier. “I’m gonna make all of our lives easier. And it’s these Floyd Mayweather belts that are needed to prove what I’ve been saying my entire life. Whether it’s the co-sign of Paul McCartney grabbing me and saying, ‘It’s OK. He doesn’t bite white people.’ Or the New York Times cover. Or the TIME ‘Most Influential’ cover. And now a doctorate at The Art Institute of Chicago.”
Ye’s wifey, Kim Kardashian, took to Instagram to congratulate her husband. “Dr. Kanye West!!!!!!! I’m so proud of you baby & I know your mom would be so proud too!!!!”