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A Woman Named Marijuana Pepsi, Who Refused To Change Her Name, Earned Her Ph.D With A Dissertation On Uncommon Names

When art imitates life...

Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck is a 46-year-old woman who just received her doctorate in higher education leadership from Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University.

Her dissertation was titled "Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions."

She told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel her mom gave her this name because "it would take her around the world."

She spent the last eight years studying and commuting to get her degree.

People are loving this story.

And cheering on her accomplishements.

That’s Dr. Marijuana Pepsi to you. https://t.co/imJFwtMsck

I mean, she was actually an urban legend. Look!

My high school basketball coach told us he once had a student named Marijuana Pepsi Jackson who became super successful & I thought he might be lying, then like 10yrs later a coworker told the same story. Homegirl been an urban legend in my life for like 15 years 😂😂 https://t.co/aWzGbXrsIF

She also told the Journal Sentinel, "People make such a big deal out of it, I couldn't get away from it."

As for the future, now she wants to write a book that expands on the theme of her dissertation as well as look for a professor position.

She's also putting aside money each month for the Marijuana Pepsi Scholarship, which will give $500 every year to a deserving first-generation African American student enrolled at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, her alma mater. The first scholarship will be in the Fall.