While Shaquille O’Neil opted to drop out of college early in order to play in the NBA, he promised his mother that he would one day return to school and earn his degree. In 2000, Shaq was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, yet that was not the end of the educational road for this basketball player.
“After leading the Heat to the NBA title in 2006, O’Neal decided it was time to go back to school again and on a tip from the Heat’s foot doctor decided to enroll at Barry in Miami Shores. He spent the past 4 and a 1/2 years — including his final two seasons in the NBA — quietly working toward his doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development. He studied before and after games, and between his work on television as an analyst, often staying up to the wee hours of the morning to get work done.”
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