Kanye West
Kanye West is seen in New York in November 2019. AFP/Angela Weiss


  • Kanye West's honorary degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been rescinded
  • SAIC President Elissa Tenny said West exhibited "disturbing behaviors and made dangerous statements"
  • The rapper and designer received an honorary doctorate in 2015

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago revoked Kanye West's honorary degree following his controversial anti-Semitic remarks in the past months.

TMZ obtained Thursday a school letter written by President Elissa Tenny, stating that the prestigious college has decided to rescind the 45-year-old disgraced rapper's degree because he has "exhibited disturbing behaviors and made dangerous statements that do not align with our community values."

"His anti-Black, anti-Semitic, and incendiary statements, particularly those directed at Black and Jewish communities, are disgusting and condemnable. His words and actions have been painful for the entire community, and particularly, for those of us who feel that our identities and life experiences are under attack," Tenny continued.

West was awarded an honorary doctorate from one of the top art schools in the U.S. in 2015. At that time, former dean of faculty and vice president of academic administration Lisa Wainwright said the musician was a "major figure in the cultural landscape" and deserved the award, The Guardian reported.

But after a thorough deliberation, the administration said the "Donda" rapper's current actions "do not align with SAIC's mission and values" anymore.

The SAIC president noted that this was the first time in 80 years that an honorary degree got revoked. The school's previous awardees include Jeff Koons, Patti Smith and Theaster Gates.

Over the past weeks, the college has received overwhelming pressure from their student, who reportedly initiated an online petition, which accumulated more than 4,100 signatures, urging for the rapper's credentials to be pulled, according to Page Six.

West became a subject of public scrutiny in the past months after launching the controversial "White Lives Matter" t-shirt during Paris Fashion Week and making anti-Semitic remarks on social media, including a since-deleted tweet where he said that he would go "death con 3" on Jewish people, leading to his suspension from Twitter and Instagram.

Following the incidents, the rapper lost major billion-dollar partnership deals with high-profile brands, including Gap, Balenciaga, JP Morgan & Chase and Adidas, which helped him kickstart the infamous Yeezy brand in 2015.

Most recently, West was banned from Twitter for the second time following his post of a swastika image merged with a Star of David and praising former Nazi leader and genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler during an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on "Infowars."

Kanye West, pictured in 2020, has seen his commercial relationships crumble after a series of anti-Semitic comments