This is AWESOME!!
NBA baller, Shaquille “SHAQ” O’Neal is officially now Dr. Shaquille O’Neal.
“Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this probably is my No. 1 accomplishment.”
The NBA legend received his doctoral degree in Education from Barry University over the weekend, Saturday morning along with another 1,100 students during multiple commencement ceremonies at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami, Florida.
“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 work was very rigorous, but very enjoyable. And I’m not done. I think I’m going to try law school next. I’m thinking about it. We’ll see.”
After leading the Heat to the NBA title in 2006, O’Neal decided it was time to go back to school again and on a tip from the Heat’s foot doctor decided to enroll at Barry in Miami Shores. He spent the past 4 1/2 years — including his final two seasons in the NBA — quietly working toward his doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development. He studied before and after games, and between his work on television as an analyst, often staying up to the wee hours of the morning to get work done. Over the past few years, Shaq’s schedule became so hectic that he had to fly his professors to him for one-on-one sessions which took place in various states at his expense.
His proud momma Lucille O’Neal had this to say about her son:
“I’m proud because I know he earned that title,” Lucille O’Neal said. “With all the money he’s got, he could have [paid for an honorary degree]. But he didn’t. And now I get to call him Dr. O’Neal.”
The big man didn’t just get by either. O’Neal achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.813 while completing 54 credit hours comprised of 16 courses and six credit hours of self-directed research. The title of his doctoral capstone project was “The Duality of Humor and Seriousness in Leadership Styles.’’
Congratulations Dr. Shaq O’Neal!!!!
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