Ludacris to receive honorary degree from Georgia State University

ATLANTA, Ga. — Georgia State University will award artist, actor and entrepreneur Ludacris with an honorary degree this spring.

The university announced on their website Wednesday that Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is being honored for his support of Georgia State’s creative media arts and law programs. The multi-platinum Grammy award-winning artist is also being honored for his substantial commitment to the metro Atlanta community and his nationwide philanthropic endeavors, according to his nomination from Georgia State President M. Brian Blake.

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Bridges took classes at Georgia State in the early 1990s before signing with Def Jam Records.

“We are proud that Chris Bridges got his start at Georgia State,” Blake said. “Our students in the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) and College of Law have benefited from learning from his career, and we’re excited to honor him as a member of the Panther family.”

Bridges joined Georgia State’s CMII as an artist-in-residence in 2019 where he mentored students and worked with CMII professors, focusing on entrepreneurship in the music and film industries. He also worked with the College of Law on one of the first offerings of a course called “The Legal Life of …”


“He has gone on to become a cultural and philanthropic icon, representing Atlanta and giving back in many ways,” Blake said.

In 2001, he founded The Ludacris Foundation (TLF), a platform to serve youth and families in urban communities.

Ludacris will receive his honorary degree at Georgia State’s commencement on May 4 at 9 a.m. at Center Parc Stadium. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, and it will be livestreamed at here.

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