Megan Thee Stallion is inspiring young people to re-enroll in college after she finally completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Administration.
Dr. Monica Rasmus, program director for Texas Southern University's Health Administration program, tells TMZ that one-time dropouts are re-enrolling in her program in droves.
Dr. Rasmus credits the 26-year-old rapper, born Megan Pete, with inspiring the dropouts to re-enroll in her program.
She tells TMZ former TSU students started reaching out to her to discuss returning after Megan went public in 2020 about completing her studies in order to open assisted living facilities.
Dr. Rasmus says TSU undergrads and graduate students began contacting her department out of curiosity, and a genuine desire to pursue a degree in Health Administration.
Megan also helped the program by donating the $25,000 she earned via Fashion Nova, which Dr. Rasmus says went a long way to helping students who can't afford to pay for tuition and books.
Megan graduated summa cum laude last weekend after 8 years as a student at TSU. Her scholastic dream was delayed one year by the pandemic. And she put her books down for several years to tour on the road.
However, walking across the stage to receive her diploma was Megan's biggest accomplishment.
"I know my parents are looking down on me so proud... Thank you everyone for all the love today," she wrote in the caption of her graduation photo.
Megan Thee Scholar is influencing young stars to elevate themselves and take more responsibility for their public image.
The 26-year-old rapper, who was born Megan Pete, graduated summa cum laude from TSU university over the weekend.
Other stars who look up to Megan -- including Chloe Bailey -- are taking stock of their own public image -- and making changes.
Chloe sat down with Charlamagne the god to explain why she erased her provocative lollipop video from Twitter.
In the video, Chloe wore sexy lingerie, licked a lollipop seductively, and thanked her fans for supporting her career.
Th 23-year-old singer said she is a grown woman now and she should take more responsibility for how she's perceived.
She said the reactions to her video didn't affect her at first.
"You know, honestly in the beginning it didn't affect me. I'm human. Of course, it affects me sometimes. But the reason why I deleted it, wasn't because of what people were saying. It's just -- I didn't want people just going to my page and just seeing that. Social media is whatever. I'm 23, I'm a grown woman. And I think it's so cool how we can find ourselves. And I'm finding myself right now and figuring out what serves me best. I'm just doing it under a microscope while all of you all get to do it without everyone watching."
Chloe is one half of the singing duo Chloe and Halle. The sisters are best known for being Beyonce's proteges.
Megan Thee Stallion graduated summa cum laude from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration Saturday morning.
The rapper stayed enrolled in college throughout the pandemic.
"My grandmother would be very pissed off at me if I just stopped college right now," she told Rolling Stone in 2020.
"I got to get this degree. I already started it, and I'm interested in what I’m doing because I want to open up assisted-living facilities in the city."
The 26-year-old Houston native, who was born Megan Pete, shared photos of her graduation gown and graduation cap embellished in colorful crystals that read: "Real Hot Girl Sh*t."
Megan, who has no immediately family living, captioned the photos: "I know my parents are looking down on me so proud... Thank you everyone for all the love today."
She also shared a link to the live ceremony on Instagram so her 27 million followers could witness her achievement.
Megan is truly an inspiration and a role model for her generation!
The rapper's celebrity pals lavished her with praise on and off social media.
"Congrats my love!!!! So proud of u!! love u!!!," socialite La La Anthony wrote.
"Proud of you Meg! Way to get it done! You're inspiring so many," singer Ciara wrote. While rapper Cardi B added, "I know your momma proud of you. You got people emotional over here."