Stephen Curry Graduates From Davidson College In 1-Man Ceremony As The School Retires His Jersey

Stephen Curry Graduates From Davidson College In 1-Man Ceremony As The School Retires His Jersey

Congratulations are in order for Stephen ‘Steph’ Curry!

13 years after dropping out of school to enter the NBA, Steph Curry finally received his diploma. On Wednesday (Aug. 31), the Golden State Warriors star returned to his alma mater in North Carolina where he was presented with his diploma in sociology.

The 34-year-old needed to complete one more semester of coursework to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Davidson College, which he accomplished back in May. However, he was unable to attend the commencement ceremony.
Curry, who attended the school from 2006 to 2009, was honored with a solo graduation ceremony from the North Carolina college on Wednesday (Aug. 31) evening. He also had his now-famous No. 30 jersey retired by the university and was inducted into Davidson College’s Hall of Fame.

Steph Curry is reportedly the first Davidson athlete in any sport to have his jersey number retired. According to reports, the school has a rule that athletes must have a degree for a jersey to be retired. While accepting his honor, Curry said,

“I get kind of awkward at times when I walk into this gym and see this many people showing up just for me and the celebration of what, you know, the graduation and the Hall of Fame induction and seeing my jersey in the rafters.”

Stephen ‘Steph’ Curry

He continued,
“But every single person that I got to play with, that coached me, help me when I was hurt and injured and trying to find ways to get back on the court. All the faculty and staff that supported me through my three years here. I really feel like this is why this matters so much.”

During Steph Curry’s time at the North Carolina college, he became known as arguably the best player in Davidson history, as the school’s all-time leader in points, 3-pointers, free throws, field goals, and steals. He was then drafted with the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

According to reports, Curry and Davidson College have maintained a strong relationship since his years as a student. Last summer, the NBA star announced that he and his wife, Ayesha Curry, are establishing the Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative at his alma mater. Curry said the initiative will be

“aimed at helping close the inequity gap in women’s sports.” 

Ayesha Curry, Steph Curry

In an Instagram video shared last year, Steph Curry said,

“Davidson College is where it all started for me, and it no doubt prepared me for leadership and service. I’m forever grateful for the unwavering support from the entire Davidson community.”

He continued,

“The reason I am who I am today is also because of strong, powerful women that have poured into my life all these years..Now as the father of two girls, I want them to grow up without any boundaries on their futures.”

Congratulations to Steph Curry on this big accomplishment! 

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Authored by: Monique Nicole