Nick Cannon Enrolls at Howard University: 'My First Day as a Freshman!'
By Lynda Brendish
Talk about a full semester. Nick Cannon is already a multi-hyphenate -- actor, singer, television host -- but now you can add student to the list. Yes, the America's Got Talent host is headed to college.
Cannon, 35, posted a photo of himself next to a Howard University sign on Saturday and revealed that he was attending his first day as a freshman.
"YOU KNOW!!!!! #HU2020 My First Day as a Freshman!!! Howard University Class of 2020," the actor wrote on Instagram.
Cannon confirmed his enrollment in a statement to ET. "Nelson Mandela once said, 'Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,' and with that said I have officially enrolled at Howard University," it read.
"I am always seeking new challenges and continual growth and decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds. I have friends, mentors and colleagues who attended Howard University," he added. "I have heard about the famed Howard Homecoming since I was a kid growing up in California and knew that Howard would be the perfect place for me to further my education. I look forward to this new journey in my life and am excited about the possibilities ahead."
President of the Washington, D.C., historically black university, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, said he welcomed the Chi-raq actor to the school. "Howard University is honored to have Nick Cannon as a member of the class of 2020," he said in a statement. "Howard students embrace our motto of Truth and Service as they pursue their life's education through the University's rigorous and dynamic academic and community service programs. We welcome Mr. Cannon."
Famous alumni of the prestigious university include actors Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, Ossie Davis, and Taraji P. Henson as well as Sean Combs and author Zora Neale Hurston.
Cannon is continuing in his ninth season as host of America's Got Talent and -- at least for now -- it appears he will be splitting his time between hosting duties on the West Coast and classes on the East Coast. In a recent Instagram photo, Cannon referenced the airborne commute: "Turning these Airplanes into School Buses!"
Last week, the father of two opened up on The Amber Rose Show about sex with Mariah Carey and how the end of their marriage has left him "broken." Watch the video below to find out more.