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Pitbull Gets Honorary Degree from Controversial Florida College

Image courtesy of ABC/Matt Brown (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Matt Brown (via ABC News Radio)

Pitbull has tweeted what you might call a "graduation" photo of himself: he's grinning from ear to ear, flipping the bird and holding a framed degree from Miami's Doral College.  It's actually an honorary degree the rapper received earlier this month due to his support for education.  But another website suggests Pitbull's pride might be misplaced.

Calling Doral College "fake," the website Gawker sneers that it is a non-accredited institution that's actually a joint venture between a charter high school in South Florida called Doral Academy Preparatory, and a for-profit education company. 

The source of this information? The Miami Herald, which wrote in a critical article, "Doral College leaders acknowledge the college exists on the cutting edge, in a gray area of state law. But they dismiss concerns, insisting they’re achieving their primary goal of improving college access to poor, minority students and better preparing those students for life after high school."

With bad press like that, it's no wonder that Pitbull captioned the photo "For those that didn't believe," and it's no wonder he's giving the finger.  But the rapper's support for education is no joke.

Local10.com reports that when he received the degree earlier this month, Pitbull told the crowd, "I remember being kicked out of a public school because I didn't have the right address. That's why I want better schools for the kids who live where I grew up...that's why I helped create SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management Academy) in the neighborhood where I grew up: a school that offers a choice for students, like me, students who need someone to inspire them, someone to believe in them."

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