Congratulations are in order for Chris Paul, as he’s now a college graduate! Specifically, the NBA star earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
The North Carolina-based HBCU’s December 2022 graduation ceremony went down on Friday, and Chris pulled up to celebrate the occasion with his fellow grads.
Notably, the ceremony went down less than a day after Chris helped lead the Phoenix Suns to victory in a match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers.
After beating the Clippers in LA last night, Suns guard Chris Paul is getting ready to graduate from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina this morning. @andscape pic.twitter.com/pjQpzFg1w0
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) December 16, 2022
It’s also worth adding that Chris spoke on how excited he was to be reaching this milestone during a post-game interview.
“Man it’s cool, I’m excited. Long time coming,” he said of the accomplishment.
The athlete went on to share that he’s glad to be able to celebrate with his family back home.
“My brother was the first person to graduate in my family, and to be able to go back home and do that with my family is something that snuck up kinda quick, just with the games and what not.”
He added, “I’m probably most excited that I get to spend the next 10 days with my wife and my kids.”
"Man it's cool. I'm excited. Long time coming."
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 16, 2022
Chris Provided Grads With Gifts Valued At $2.5K
To celebrate his classmates’ accomplishments, Chris Paul provided each of them with an account at Greenwood, a Black-owned bank, with $100 in it. Additionally, they each received a Greenwood Elevate membership, putting the value of each grad’s gift at $2,500, Business Wire reports.
Chris Paul: ‘This Is Something That I’ll Never Forget’
After the graduation ceremony, WXII 12 reports that he provided a meaningful speech at a conference.
“I, Chris Paul, am now a graduate of Winston-Salem State University. Yeah, that sounds crazy, doesn’t it?”
He noted, “This is something that I’ll never forget.”
“I’m so grateful to all the teachers and everyone who worked with me. But to do this, and to be able to do this at home and to walk and talk to these students today during the entire process is something that I’ll never forget.”
His Journey At WSSU Began In 2020
While he initially started his higher education journey at Wake Forest University in 2003, Chris left after being drafted onto the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) two years later. He eventually started attending WSSU in 2020, and he completed his coursework online.
Shoutout to Chris Paul and all his classmates at Winston-Salem State University!