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Shaq earns doctorate in education

LAST UPDATED: 05:05 p.m. HST, May 05, 2012

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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allie wrote:
on May 5,2012 | 03:14PM
OldDiver wrote:
Online Phd?
on May 5,2012 | 03:30PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure about the validity of an on line drs degree.. Unfortunately Larry Price has proven that you do not need to be intelligent to receive a dr's degree....
on May 5,2012 | 04:31PM
niimi wrote:
MIT and Harvard just announced several new online degree programs. Hey, if you don't have to pay for the brick and mortar you can make that much more profit as a university.
on May 5,2012 | 08:41PM
onwardupward wrote:
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on May 5,2012 | 04:55PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
on May 5,2012 | 08:59PM
grantos wrote:
haters gonna hate
on May 6,2012 | 10:50AM
dcontributor wrote:
'know wat you mean, man! I fell like my seven Ph.D's is just worthless. Sigh.
on May 6,2012 | 03:19PM
duke246974 wrote:
Wow! Having just completed an online master's degree I appreciate what Shaq has just done. Please don't knock something until you've tried it. My online program was very rigorous as I suspect Shaq's was. Let's be happy for him today.
on May 5,2012 | 09:08PM
kekiokaaina1 wrote:
Congrats Big guy!
on May 6,2012 | 12:37AM
serious wrote:
You got that right. Nice to have a professional athlete show a good example. Now that's someone one can literally look up to!!!
on May 6,2012 | 05:49AM
mbrgss wrote:
on May 6,2012 | 06:10AM