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Clap it up for Venus Williams! The tennis star recently graduated  from Indiana University East with a B.A. degree in Business Administration.

Reports IUE:

Williams was presented with her diploma on August 14 at IU East, located in Richmond, Ind. Williams, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, completed her last online courses at IU East this summer and was able make her first visit to campus as she traveled to the Western Southern Open (WSO) August 15-23.

The WSO tournament was held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, located about an hour and a half from the IU East campus.

From day one, Williams said IU East has felt like home, a characteristic of the university that resonates with many of the 4,500 students.

Williams said she was able to apply her academic lessons and skills she learned in class to her businesses right away, allowing her to work better with staff and to be more strategic.

During the diploma presentation, Williams followed the commencement tradition of flipping her tassel to the left, signifying that she is now a graduate.


“One of the main reasons that I chose IU East was because I felt so at home. It was like family, like it was my school, and I was so excited. It’s been an incredible journey,” Williams said in a statement. “I’ve learned so much. It was always my dream to have a business degree 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 graduate of an educational agreement between UIE, and the Women’s Tennis Benefit Association. She enrolled in the school in 2011, and has been taking class online. The 35-year-old received her Associate of Arts degree in 2007.


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