Drake Makes Surprise Visit to Campus to Present Scholarship and Perform

Drake Makes Surprise Visit to Campus to Present Scholarship and Perform

Superstar rapper Drake with scholarship recipient on the third floor patio of the Shalala Student Center while filming a music video for his record, "God's Plan" Monday Feb. 5. 
By The Miami Hurricane

Superstar rapper Drake with scholarship recipient on the third floor patio of the Shalala Student Center while filming a music video for his record, "God's Plan" Monday Feb. 5. 

Drake Makes Surprise Visit to Campus to Present Scholarship and Perform

By The Miami Hurricane
The $50,000 scholarship was granted to student Destiny James.

Story and continuing coverage courtesy of The Miami Hurricane  |  Staff of The Miami Hurricane contributed to reporting

Around 3:45 p.m. Feb. 5, students began gathering on the second floor of the Shalala Student Center. Hip hop superstar Drake was rumored to be on campus, and students were abuzz with the possibility.

By 4:15 p.m., the first two floors of the SSC were almost completely filled before students were directed by police to clear the building unless they were studying, and crowds filled out by the Lakeside Patio stage area.

Representatives from Cash Money Records patrolled the area with signs stating students in the vicinity were consenting to be filmed. Hundreds of students and staff with production equipment had gathered by around 4:30 p.m.

A representative from Cash Money Records confirmed Drake was on campus and would be granting a scholarship to a student and filming part of a music video.

The $50,000 scholarship was granted to student Destiny James, a junior studying public health. 

Scholarship

Milind Khurana, a junior studying neuroscience and political science, has been friends with James since freshman year.

“She deserves it; she’s one of the nicest people I know,” said Khurana, mentioning that James is involved with United Black Students. “She works really hard.”

WPLG reported that Drake earlier surprised students at Miami Senior High School with a $25,000 check to go to the school and an announcement that he would design and supply new uniforms for the students. It also reported that he filmed part of the music video for his single “God’s Plan” at the school.

Around 5:20 p.m., Drake began performing from his single “God’s Plan” on the Moss Terrace on the third floor of the SC. In addition to cameras filming his performance in the SSC, there was also footage taken of the crowds gathered around the SSC and the patio.

Drake was seen by students inside the SSC walking across the third floor after his performance on the Moss Terrace, sporting a University of Miami sweatshirt. During the filming, he threw up his hands in the U multiple times.

“I’ll tell you one thing,” Drake said at the end of his performance. “I’ve been to a lot of places in the world. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more turnt school than this. I wish you all the best in life, a lot of love, a lot of happiness for you, your friends and your family.”

The U is forever grateful to be part of this video. Thank you Drake!