Shaquille O'Neal has worn many hats throughout his career. Not only is he a basketball player, he is also an actor, a musician, and a team owner. Now he is a doctor too, having just received his doctorate in education from Barry University. Unlike many celebrities to receive doctorates, Shaq's isn't honorary. He earned his the old-fashioned way; by studying hard. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA.
Shaq isn't the only celebrity to have earned the right to be called doctor. Here is a look at five other celebrities who graduated with advanced degrees.
The guitarist for the legendary rock band, Queen, earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College London. His first book, "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe" was published in 2008, and was inspired by the work of Stephen Hawking.
Bialik, who once starred in the sitcom "Blossom" now plays a scientist on "The Big Bang Theory." Much like her character, she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience in real life. She received the advanced degree from UCLA, and has a published a book on parenting and bonding using her expertise.
You may not recognize the name, but fans of the movie "The Hangover" will recognize Jeong as the character trapped in the trunk of a car in the film. He also plays Ben "Senor" Chang on the sitcom "Community." He doesn't hold a PhD, but he is a real doctor. Jeong holds an MD, and practiced medicine as an internist before his big break in show business. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cosby played Dr. Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," but off camera, you can call him Dr. Cosby. He started his education while in the Navy, but finished at Temple University with a Ph.D. in education. Cosby is still very involved at Temple, and is a diehard fan of the school's basketball program. His wife, Camille, also has a Ph.D. in education, just like her husband.
The lead singer for Bad Religion has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Cornell University, but that isn't his only impressive feat in the world of Academia. He also teaches a course in evolution at Cornell, and he has had an ancient bird fossil named after him. When he isn't teaching, he and his band are still touring all over the world.
Whitney Levon has been writing about both celebrities and sports for several years. You can find her work on Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Voices, and Yahoo! News.
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