Shaquille O’Neal, man of seemingly-endless-time-and-energy, graduated with his doctoral degree from Barry University this weekend. After leaving college early to enter the NBA draft but later completing his Bachelors at LSU and a Masters through University of Phoenix, this newest diploma will compete for space in the trophy case.
As he is quick to point out, he earned it:
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.
His pursuit of three degrees has required a balance of textbooks, TV appearances, stints in law enforcement, and appearances in terrible Adam Sandler movies. Oh, and a prestigious NBA career, of course. An impressive resume to be sure, but it’s bolstered by his new accolade: Ed.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership. Phew!