Minneapolis (Learfield News Service) - The University of Minnesota will award Prince an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree this month.

U of M President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha will present the degree to Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, Wednesday, September 26th.

The program will pay tribute to Prince with performances by students from the U of M School of Music and special guests Kirk Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, St. Paul Peterson, Cameron Kinghorn, and a surprise guest.

Prior to his death, the U had been preparing to present Prince Rogers Nelson with an honorary degree in recognition of his remarkable talent and enduring influence in music, plus his extraordinary contributions off-stage in shaping the city of Minneapolis.

The Board of Regents voted unanimously two years ago to award Prince with an honorary degree from the College of Liberal Arts.