Shaquille O’Neal Earns PhD, Inspires NBA Fans to Achieve

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding a busy sports weekend that included multiple NBA Playoff games, a Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight, and the Kentucky Derby, Shaquille O'Neal was handling his business - serious business. Doctoral business.

The 19-year NBA superstar received his PhD in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Shaq, who transcended NBA basketball and was larger than life during his playing days, has accomplished something most of his peers will never come close to doing.

It all started with a promise to his parents after he left LSU early to become the No. 1 overall pick by the Orlando Magic in 1992. At that time, he promised them he would finish school and earn his undergraduate degree, which he did during his playing career with the Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.

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