Venus Williams is a Officially a College Graduate
Serena isn't the only Williams sister making strides this week.
Her older sister and tennis star, Venus Williams just received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration degree from Indiana University.
Unlike many celebrities who typically receive 'honorary degrees,' Williams resumed her studies in 2011 when she enrolled in the university's online degree completion program.
And just in case you thought her tennis game took a hit, think again. Venus stopped by the campus to pick up her diploma on her way to a tournament in Cincinnati earlier last month.
Despite having just received her formal degree, Williams is no stranger to business. She recently became co-owner of the Miami Dolphins football team, a clothing line, and an interior design firm.
In a press release, Williams expressed how important pursuing a formal education is in hopes of inspiring others.
"It was always my dream to have a business degree," Williams said. "And I ended up going to art school so many times, but in the back of my head I felt like I needed the tools to be a better leader, to be a better planner, to be better at all of the things I wanted to do in my businesses because I'm so hands-on.”
Williams is the first player to graduate from Indiana University's partnership program with the WTA and Women's Tennis Benefits Association. The program provides online degree completion programs to players on the WTA tour.
"IU East and the Women's Tennis Benefits Association have an agreement that establishes our campus as the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players," IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said. "Venus was instrumental in connecting IU East and the WTA in this highly valued partnership, and we are very grateful for this."
There are currently 15 other players enrolled in the program.
Even while juggling a full schedule of business and tennis obligations, Williams is ranked as the World No. 23 and has since earned more than $30 million in tournament money alone over the course of her career.
Williams is currently competing in the U.S. Open tournaments alongside her sister, Serena.
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