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Shaq earns doctorate in education

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSTowering over his classmates, former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, gestures before the graduation ceremony, Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is a doctor now. O'Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch)  MAGS OUT
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    Towering over his classmates, former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, gestures before the graduation ceremony, Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is a doctor now. O'Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch) MAGS OUT

MIAMI >> Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is a doctor now.

O’Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday.

The Miami Herald reports that O’Neal got on one knee so the chair of Barry’s organizational learning and leadership program could drape a light blue hood around O’Neal’s more-than-7-foot frame.

O’Neal then high-fived other graduates as he made his way back to his seat along with his manager, Cynthia Atterberry, who also received a doctorate in education.

The former All-Star and MVP earned a cumulative GPA of 3.813 while completing 54 credit hours at Barry, mostly through online courses and video conferencing over the last four years. O’Neal’s doctoral capstone project explored how CEOs and business leaders use humor in the workplace.

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