NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal received his Doctoral Degree with a GPA of 3.813

May 5, 2012

Athletics, Educational

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal received his Doctoral Degree
WPLG 10 ABC Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Barry University will be graduating a big new alumnus at their commencement ceremony Saturday.
Shaquille O’Neal graduates from Barry University with a doctoral degree in education. To be precise, it’s a degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development.
O’Neal excelled in his studies; after 16 courses and six credit hours of self-directed research, he had a cumulative GPA of 3.813. O’Neal has been juggling his school work for the last four years with his NBA career (he retired last year), broadcast appearances, and business endeavors.
As a part of his graduation, O’Neal also presented a doctoral project entitled, “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Styles.”
O’Neal returned to Louisiana State University to complete his Bachelor of Science after he had been drafted to the NBA. In 2005, he received his MBA.
O’Neal joins 1,100 students who will be graduating from Barry University at 10:00 a.m. on May 5th.
Shaquille O’Neal received his EdD in Organizational Learning and Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development on May 5, 2012
Barry University is a private, Catholic university in Miami Shores, Florida in the metropolitan Miami area.
Shaquille O’Neal graduated from Louisiana State University in 2000
ABC News
Shaquille O’Neal picked up a lot of awards in his years at LSU — All American, National Player of the Year, World Amateur Athlete of the Year, Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Year.
O’Neal waited to be handed another one: a bachelor of arts degree.
“This is a day I always waited for since 1989,” O’Neal said. “It took a while, six or seven summers, but it was worth it.”
O’Neal left LSU in 1992 after 3 years to turn pro. When he walked out of school he promised both his parents and his college coach, Dale Brown, that he would get his degree.
“I promised my parents I’d do it, I promised myself I’d do it,” O’Neal said of earning his degree. “It took eight years, it should have taken six or seven. I had some other engagements.”

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