Universities today offer degrees in pretty much anything — except for maybe “How to Become a Celebrity.” Even so, many stars have a degree or two under their belts, either as part of their backup career plan or because they just have a love of learning. From sports legends to reality TV stars, here are 15 celebrities that graduated from college.
Country music gets a bad rap for being a little simple-minded sometimes. But star singer and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is sharp as a tack. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in journalism. She also belongs to the Alpha Iota chapter of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. All the while, she earned her tuition money by waiting tables and working at a local zoo.
Shaq might be best known for his attacks on the basketball court, but he’s killed it in the academic world, too. Like a lot of pro ballers from his generation, O’Neal dropped out of college (Louisiana State University) as soon as he got drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992. He eventually returned to LSU to earn his B.A. in 2000, followed by and Ed.D. in Human Resource Development from Barry University. So that’s Dr. Shaq to you.
Emma Watson’s two most famous roles to date both deal with brainy broads: Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, and the bookish Belle in Beauty and the Beast. It’s no wonder that the actress herself has a Bachelor’s degree in English from an Ivy League school — Brown University in Rhode Island. Due to her busy acting and modeling schedule, it took her five years to earn her degree due to time off.