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Pomp And Circumstance: 5 Celebs That Went Back to College

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In an ever-changing world, a college degree is very beneficial. While celebrities have the fame and success, some of them just don’t feel right without that certain piece of paper. If things end in their respective field, they’d have a hard time finding work in another one. These five celebs managed to gain a degree in between numerous projects.

America Ferrera

In 2002, America Ferrera started working on her degree in international relations. Acclaimed roles in films such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants forced her to set aside her studies. A decade later, she went back to class to finally obtain her degree. “It’s finally happening! Took me 10 years, but it feels great,” she tweeted.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson didn’t let her work in the beloved Harry Potter franchise deter her from a degree. The actress split her time between acting and studying at Brown University. Her first day at school didn’t come without some awkward moments. “On the first day, I walked into the canteen and everyone went completely silent and turned around to look at me,” she told The Sunday Times. In 2014, Watson graduated with a bachelor’s in English literature.

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Dakota Fanning

Actress Dakota Fanning spent a majority of her childhood in major box office films. When it came time to focus on college, she majored in women’s studies with a focus on how women are portrayed in film and TV. “If I’m going to do both, it might be helpful for one to inform the other,” she told The Guardian. Fanning graduated from New York University in 2014.

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Steven Spielberg

In 2001, Steven Spielberg returned to college 34 years later to obtain his degree in… film and electronic arts? The director originally attended California State University, Long Beach to learn behind the scenes magic. Spielberg turned heads with his 1969 short film Amblin’ and was offered a major seven-year directing contract. “I wanted to accomplish this for many years as a thank-you to my parents for giving me the opportunity for an education and a career,” he told Entertainment Weekly. More importantly, he did it for his kids so they can achieve their goals.

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Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal left school behind to become one of the biggest basketball stars of all time. As a promise to his mother, the player gained his bachelor’s degree in arts at LSU in 2000. “This is a day I always waited for since 1989. It took a while, six or seven summers, but it was worth it,” he said during the graduation ceremony. Shaq furthered his education with an MBA at the University of Phoenix in 2005 and a Ed.D. at Barry University in 2012.

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