University of Minnesota awards honorary degree to Prince

Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, left, stood beside University of Minnesota President, Eric Kaler, center, as she was presented the school's highest honor, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, and sash by Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha, right, for the late rock star Prince, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has awarded the late rock star Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis.

University President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha presented the school’s highest honor, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, in a ceremony on campus Wednesday evening. The university had been preparing to present it to Prince himself before his death in 2016.

Students from the university’s School of Music were joined by guest artists including St. Paul Peterson and Cameron Kinghorn in paying tribute to Prince by performing music associated with his career.

While the event was free, it was booked to capacity ahead of time.