WATCH: Actor John Leguizamo Mocks the Absurd Elitism and Hypocrisy of Private Colleges
After receiving an ambassadorship of the arts from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, alongside Jane Rosenthal and Alicia Keys, John Leguizamo paid a visit to the 'Late Show' Wedensday night.
“Your excellency,” host Stephen Colbert asked the ‘Bloodline’ actor, “You’re about to get an honorary degree from NYU, is that true?”
“Yes, because I couldn’t afford it when I was a kid ‘cause it was too expensive," Leguizamo said. "They wanted me to go, like, an extra year at NYU and I quit."
“Wait, so you went to NYU and dropped out before you graduated? Why did they want you to go an extra year, John?," Colbert asked Leguizamo, baffled, while adding on the univerisity's defense, "It is possible to finish in four years."
But as ridiculous as it sounds, Leguizamo's statement rings true for thousands of students, who can ill afford the steep tuition costs of private universities. And NYU, like many universities, frequently uses celebrity name recognition to boost enrollment, regardless of whether or not the attendee graduated.