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.

Cameron Kinghorn sings “Little Red Corvette” during a ceremony awarding the late rock star Prince an honorary degree at the Ted Mann Concert Hall Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota awarded Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

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.

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. The University of Minnesota awarded Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show of the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The University of Minnesota will award the late rock star Prince an honorary degree Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, 2018, to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

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.

Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, left, stood beside University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, as they held an honorary degree, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, presented posthumously to Prince at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota awarded Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
Bassist Paul Peterson, left, and Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, right, performed Purple Rain after a ceremony awarding the late rock star Prince an honorary degree by the University of Minnesota at the Ted Mann Concert Hall Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota awarded Prince an honorary degree to recognize his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

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

Source: The Associated Press