Top 10 Celebrities Who Continued Their Education After Becoming Famous

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10 Celebrities Who Continued Their Education After Becoming Famous

By: Princess Dominiko

There’s very little talk of education within the music industry and Hollywood. The obvious reason for this lack of recognition for academia is that most big-name stars are busy jet setting to concerts around the world or reading a record number of scripts in preparation for upcoming roles. 

And yet, despite the busy lifestyles of the rich and famous, a handful of singers and actors have managed to prioritize their studies and receive diplomas and degrees, respectively: 

Meghan Thee Stallion 

Instagram @theestallion

Meghan Thee Stallion grabbed her Emmy and her degree when she continued to pursue her education, while as a chart-topping rapper.  She managed the two conflicting pursuits by transferring to Texas Southern’s online program in health administration. After receiving her degree, she explained her post-graduate plans to People magazine, “I really wanted to be an administrator over a hospital, but I knew I still wanted to be Megan Thee Stallion. I was like, ‘What can I do?  was like, ‘You know what, I’m gonna open an assisted-living facility and use the money that I make from rapping to open it. Then I’m gonna let my classmates run it.”

Zendaya

Instagram @Zendaya

Though often seen using class as a means to kick back and get high in the HBO show, Euphoria, the actress, Zendaya, understood the value inherent in education and continued her studies, up until high school. She received her diploma in the Fall of 2015 and even posed for shots alongside her classmates and teachers.

Nick Cannon

Instagram @howard1867

Despite making his money as a comedian, Nick Cannon was nothing but serious in the classroom. He began studying  at the private HBCU, Howard University, in 2016, and he later graduated from the school with his bachelor’s degree in criminology/administration of justice in 2020, aka during the “panorama.”

Shaquille O’Neale

Instagram @barryuniversity

The retired basketball star is known for many things, including acting in celebrated films like Kazam, working as a sports analyst for ESPN, and, of course, for being a giant with his 7’1 frame. Thus, everyone was surprised when he walked across the stage of Barry University and received his doctoral degree in Education in 2012. Guess we should be calling him Dr. Shaquille O’Neale now.

Yara Shahidi

Instagram @yarashahidi

Yara Shahidi attends school both as her character, Zoey Johnson, in the Freeform show Grownish and in her day-to-day life, while simultaneously juggling her duties as an actress, model, and activist. She is currently enrolled at the esteemed institution, Harvard, where she’s focusing on social studies.

Swizz Beatz

Like Shahidi, the American record producer, rapper, businessman, and husband of soul singer, Alicia Keys, was balancing multiple duties in his life as a Hollywood star and as a student at Harvard. He later graduated from the school, in 2017, and received his degree in the University’s Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program. Students enrolled in the program attend one three-week session, which currently costs a whopping $33,000, per year for three years.

Malia Obama

Barack Obama is still followed by a barrage of paparazzi to this day, despite not having been president for the past five years, so it’s definitely a bit curious how his daughter, Malia, attends school at one of the most well-known universities in the world, Harvard University, without getting caught by the paparazzi. Guess being the former president’s daughter has its perks, one of them has to be a 009-esque security detail.

Sasha Obama

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Sasha Obama attends a State Dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by President and First Lady Obama, the dinner is in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau of Canada. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

It seems that Sasha Obama is stepping into her sister’s shoes, since she’s now matriculated as a college student as well. While not enrolled in a university as eminent as Harvard, the former president’s youngest daughter attends school at the University of Michigan, an institution that taught such names as actor James Earl Jones and the American football player, Charles Woodson. So maybe Saha is not stepping into her sister’s shoes as much as she’s stepping out of her shadow and into the light.

Still, fingers crossed that while she’s in the spotlight, she doesn’t cross as many photographers as Malia and Mr. Obama.

Tyra Banks

Instagram @tyrabanks

Tyra Banks has always been known for her looks as a supermodel; however, she is now known for her intelligence as well. In 2012, the ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) producer and host also attended Harvard University’s aforementioned Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program.

Oprah Winfrey

As a billionaire, tv host, television producer, and philanthropist, Oprah knew that receiving an education was a significant milestone, so she helped others reach this point in their lives through her work at South African college, University of The Free State. In appreciation for her work, the school later awarded her an honorary doctorate of Education in 2011.

In this day and age, when education seems to be becoming less and less of a priority, in comparison to Covid-19, these celebrities are proof that no matter how challenging it may be to gain an education, it is still critical to get one.

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