Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal will receive a doctoral degree in education from Barry University. O’Neal’s simple stage name Shaq will be changed to Dr. O’Neal this Saturday. Shaq has attended Barry for 4 1/2 years. He will be graduating with a 3.813 grade point average. SunSentinel.com reports:

This week’s graduating class at Barry University is about to get bigger.

Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal will graduate Saturday with a doctoral degree in education from the Miami Shores university. His 7-foot-1 frame will don a red-and-black velvet gown as he joins 1,100 graduating students at the commencement ceremonies at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.

Known simply as Shaq, he now can call himself Dr. O’Neal. For 4 1/2 years, the former Miami Heat center took 16 courses, completed 54 credit hours and carried a grade point average of 3.813, according to the university. The 40-year-old’s exact degree is in Organizational Learning and Leadership, with a specialization in human resource development.

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