“Leave me alone right quick, y’all!” Megan Thee Stallion jokes with her glam squad.
It’s the day after the hometown hero and Grammy winner graduated from Texas Southern University in Houston, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration, just as she promised.
Megan attended another ceremony shortly after our Zoom talk, where she earned the 18th Congressional District Humanitarian Award from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. All in a weekend’s work for one of the world’s hottest rappers.
Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Pete, was still an undergraduate at Prairie View A&M University, just outside of Houston, when she made her debut. “I thought I wanted to be a nurse and then I found myself at school and I was like, okay, definitely don’t want to be a nurse,” she says. “I didn’t tell my parents I switched my major and then I started rapping. I left Prairie View and I came home. I got a job, but I was still going to community colleges. Finally, I was like you know what? I need to go back to campus. So then that’s when I wound up at Texas Southern University.”
She told Rolling Stone in 2019 that she intended to utilize her degree to create assisted-living facilities in the city, an admirable goal given her meteoric rise in the music industry. She’s also made it a point to support other young women’s higher education. The next year, she staged a beauty competition, with the winner, a 23-year-old woman named “Cognac Queen” after a song on Megan’s Tina Snow EP, receiving a $2,500 scholarship. She provided two $10,000 scholarships for women of color the next year, as well as a full ride to the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment at Long Island University this summer.
She appears to be working on a larger educational project. I inquire about an image of her with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan that has begun to circulate online, but she stays tight-lipped. “It was supposed to be a surprise,” says Megan. “I still don’t want to tell you what it was for.”
Meanwhile, you may help Texas Southern students like Megan cross the finish line by contributing to Thee Megan Fund, a scholarship fund established by the university in her honor.
When asked about how she feels for her achievement, she said “I definitely feel super relieved because I feel like I’ve been at school for so long. When I got famous, I had to start taking two classes at a time. This last semester I was like, okay, just give me a full class load because I want to be done. I want to be out of here. And now I’m like, yes, I did it. I can’t believe it. I’m really a college graduate, so I feel good.”
In a conversation:
What would you say, aside from being a superstar while trying to get your degree, was the most challenging thing about your experience in college?
The most challenging thing about college was definitely staying motivated to finish because I was going through so many things and sometimes I’ll just be like, man, forget all this. I just want to go hide in the corner. I’m stressed. But I still kept my mom and my grandmother at the back of my mind. Before they passed away, they saw me going to college and they were really hard on me about finishing college, so I was like, you know what? I’m not just doing it for myself, I’m doing it for them too. I want them to be so proud.