Boston, MA – Lil Pump apparently isn’t Harvard’s Commencement 2019 speaker as he led his fans to believe. In a statement obtained by Consequence of Sound, a rep for the ivy league school explained Pump is simply appearing on Thursday’s (February 28) episode of WHRB Harvard Radio.
“As previously announced, Angela Merkel will be Harvard’s Commencement 2019 speaker,” the rep said. “Lil Pump is not speaking at any commencement related or other official University events.
“The only thing we are aware of that he is doing a live interview with WHRB Harvard Radio this Thursday and is taking questions from audience/listeners. That, though, is a Harvard Radio student event, not a Harvard University event.”
On Monday (February 25), Pump tweeted, “I WILL BE IN HARVERD NEXT WEEK TO GIVE THE Commencement SPEACH,” leading many to conclude he was, in fact, delivering the speech.
I WILL BE IN HARVERD NEXT WEEK TO GIVE THE Commencement SPEACH
— Lil pump (@lilpump) February 26, 2019
Pump’s rep said the confusion also partly stemmed from an announcement made by the WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting staff.
“Pump’s team is in fact working with WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting,” the rep told HipHopDX. “They made the announcement that he’d be giving the 2019 commencement speech Sunday night. But he’s actually doing an activation with WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting, located on campus at Harvard University. The event is from 7-10 p.m., and Lil Pump will be live streaming the radio interview on his IG at 9 p.m. ET. Tune in.”
The 18-year-old rapper’s appearance on WHRB follows the release of his latest album, Harverd Dropout, which came out last Friday (February 22).