Ex-NBA star Yao Ming finally gets his degree after 7 years

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FORMER NBA star Yao Ming is now a degree holder, Sin Chew Daily reported.

He graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently and attended his convocation ceremony on Sunday with about 3,300 other graduates.

Yao, who turns 38 in September, said completing tertiary education is a promise to his parents before he became a professional basketball player.

He enrolled as a student in the university’s Antai College of Economics and Management after announcing his retirement in July 2011.

In his speech at the convocation ceremony, Yao said he wanted to give up studying several times, but he persevered and spent seven years to complete the course as he wanted to made good on his promise.

Besides operating his own restaurant and winery, Yao is also the spokesman and shareholder of an online English learning platform.