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Shaquille O'Neal

The Big Graduate

5/6/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Shaquille O'Neal received his doctoral degree in Education from Barry University yesterday -- and no, it was not honorary ... he earned it!

Shaq -- wearing a custom-made, bright red XXXL-sized gown -- was one 1,100 students honored during the commencement ceremonies at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.

On earning the degree, Shaq said, "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."

Shaq says he is considering going to law school next.

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Paul    

Dr. Shaq, Big Congratulations! Way to go!!!

867 days ago
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Jo    

Wish there were celebs like this him. LOVE HIM!

867 days ago
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Jo    

like this man*

867 days ago
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Stiletto    

Does this mean he'll now properly pronounce "H0e's, B1tch@s, & Ni&&a's" in his future rap songs?

867 days ago
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JDUB    

A good role model for younger people, that's kind of rare in sports but awesome.

867 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Awesome.

867 days ago
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Marie    

I am impress. way to go! Education is always the best way to go.

867 days ago
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Grouchy Smurf    

Good for him.

867 days ago
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deborah    

What a wonderful rolemodel!

867 days ago
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BW    

This retard can't even speak proper English and
he definitely took the short buss to school.

867 days ago
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Calinative    

I think it's awesome that Shaq is continuing his education. Very smart man.

867 days ago
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jimi    

Berry univ. ? is that next to Devry univ. or Phoenix univ. i can't remember

867 days ago
13.

Cartman    

Doctor of Education degree from Barry's night school?

Sweet, now he can work as a substitute teacher and collect some mad bank.

867 days ago
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Jeff    

Shaq, I hope you will do something with your knowledge and not just acquire it. You could have great influence in reinforcing the importance of being an involved student.

867 days ago
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static    

I'm glad he's doing something productive in his retirement, I don't see a van on Crenshaw in his future.

867 days ago
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