No matter how much success one may amass and how much world one gets to see in his or her young life, there’s nothing quite like the experience of going to college. Especially a historically black college or university. Chance the Rapper, a wildly successful 23-year-old has made it known to his timeline that he still sees himself on the prestigious campus of an HBCU and wants to make it a reality. Before he blew up, walking away with a hard-earned degree from Clark Atlanta University was, and still is, on his wish list.
I was tryna go to Clark ATL. I’m still tryna go. Like not honorary, the full blown ya dig. Can someone help me sign up
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 20, 2017
His piqued interest even had two of the three AUC schools—the Atlanta University Center includes Clark Atlanta, Spelman College and Morehouse College—fighting over him.
The AUC is a great place to be. Morehouse is an even better House to call home! Welcome home my brother, we would love to have you in Atl.
— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) August 21, 2017
He said #CAU. Stop the madness.
— Clark Atlanta Univ. (@CAU) August 21, 2017
Let’s be honest: Chancelor booking it across somebody’s yard to catch a 9 a.m. African American Studies class is an easy visual to muster up. Full disclosure: four members of VIBE‘s staff (including this author) are historically black college alumnae, and we hope that Chance does decide to pursue enrollment. Good luck!
UPDATE [Aug. 21, 4:58 p.m.]: Clark Atlanta has since released a statement about Chance’s interest in the school, which a source alleges “didn’t come out of the blue.” In addition to welcoming him with open arms, the also extended an invitation to perform at CAU’s homecoming celebration this October. Read the full statement below:
Grammy-Award winning rapper, social activist and philanthropist, Chance the Rapper, took to Twitter Sunday evening as he expressed his desire to attend Clark Atlanta University (CAU). His tweet instantly went viral:
“I was tryna go to Clark ATL. I’m still tryna go. Like not honorary, the full blown ya dig. Can someone help me sign up,” tweeted the 24-year-old rapper.
Immediately CAU alumni and staff encouraged Chance to pursue his dreams. Chance, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, is a Chicago native. He grew up on Chicago’s South Side and recently made headlines for donating one million dollars to the Chicago Public School system. Sources close to the Bennett family reveal that Chance always wanted to attend CAU and that “his tweet didn’t come out of the blue”.
Second to Atlanta, Chicago sends the largest pool of applicants to CAU of other U.S. cities. “Amazing talent comes from the Windy City,” says Getchel L. Caldwell, II, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “Chicago students travel to Atlanta for the very education and cultural experience that our city has to offer and we welcome Chance with open arms.”
Next month Clark Atlanta University will visit Chicago for the 20th Annual Chicago Football Classic. CAU Panthers are suiting up to play in a highly anticipated game against Grambling State University (GSU) on Saturday, September 30.
The highly anticipated, rivalry between the two teams is billed as a ‘must see’ attraction on Chicago’s historic Soldier Field. Each year two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are invited to participate. “Being invited back to Chicago for the Football Classic is an honor,” says CAU President Dr. Ronald A. Johnson. “We would love to engage Chance the Rapper during this historic event in the city he calls home”.
CAU Student Government Association is also extending a “Panther Welcome” to Chance the Rapper to attend or perform during 2017 Homecoming activities October 16-20.