Five Celebrities With Online Degrees

Online shools can be for all walks of life. No matter what field you’re considering exploring, or which career you’re interested in pursuing you can attain a degree online. Lightning-speed technology and sophisticated distance learning programs make it convenient for anyone to obtain a college degree online.

Whether you deliver pizzas, are an Oscar host, or professional sports figure, a college degree can be within your grasp. Check out these five celebrities with online degrees:

Shaquille O’Neal

Known for backboard shattering slam dunks, Shaquille O’Neal has been entertaining people on and off the NBA basketball court since 1992. Shaquille left college at LSU to purse a career with the NBA, but promised his mother he’d finish his degree. O’Neal kept that promise, and finished his degree in 2000, and went on to earn his MBA through the University of Phoenix in 2005.

James Franco

James Franco has a wide resume of movies including leading roles in Milk, Pineapple Express, and 127 Hours. Perhaps the role that Franco likes best is that of an online student. Franco completed a bachelor’s degree at UCLA and a Master’s degree at Columbia through the help of distance learning programs.

Ice Cube

NWA member, Friday actor, college graduate. Yes, you read that right! Ice Cube has a long history of hit rap songs and blockbuster movie titles including roles in Anaconda and Boyz n the Hood. Most people don’t know that Ice Cube studied architectural drafting through an online learning program.

Hilary Duff

Seen throughout television shows and popular films, (Lizzie McGuire, Cheaper By the Dozen, A Cinderella Story), one place many wouldn’t expect to see Hilary Duff is in the library! This celebrity magazine frequenter has taken on many roles including soon-to-be-mom and online student at Harvard.

Lisa Leslie

WNBA superstar, Lisa Leslie has had great success in professional sports playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. Leslie earned three WNBA MVP awards during her career as a basketball player, so she’s no stranger to success. Leslie has also enjoyed a successful educational career with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a Master’s degree earned online from the University of Phoenix.

These five celebrities with online degrees stand to prove that there’s never a wrong time to pursue higher education. Whether your schedule is hectic or you’ve taken a long hiatus from school, there is no excuse not to obtain a degree online. Regardless of your career path or history, you can earn an online degree and take

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Allie Freeland is the Editor-in-Chief of She has been a professional writer for a decade and received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. She brings a wealth of information about higher education, online degrees, college life, and career advice. Follow her on G+.