Shaquille O’Neal has earned his doctorial degree in Education from Barry University, and accepted the award during a commencement ceremony in Miami on Saturday.
Unlike occasions where celebrities earn honorary degrees, Shaq insists this is not the case. He explained, “Everyone thinks this is honorary. But this is not honorary. I put in four-and-a-half hard years staying up late at night, studying, reading, rewriting papers Dr. Kopp marked up.”
The audience broke out in laughter when O’neal picked up his professor, to the cheers of his fellow graduates, and later posed for photos with his doctorate.
The former NBA star, 40, dropped out of high school as a teen, but he decided to get serious about his studies in 2000. He enrolled at Louisiana State University to earn his bachelor’s degree. Afterwards, he took an online program and studied for his master’s degree before working on his doctorate.
Not to mention his achievements as an NBA superstar who enjoys a high rank on the NBA’s all time top 50 list.