Anthony Anderson graduates Howard at 51

Anthony Anderson
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51-year-old, 11-time Emmy Award-nominated writer and star of ABC’s black-ish, Anthony Anderson had a lot to celebrate this weekend. He shared on his official Instagram page that he graduated from Howard University with a BFA degree from the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts! 

He explained that it was “30 years in the making” and that his son inspired him to continue his studies. His caption read,

“To quote Biggie, “IT WAS ALL A DREAM!” Words can’t begin to describe the emotional roller coaster I’m on right now. It’s literally been 30 years in the making. This spring I was finally able to complete the work to graduate from Howard University with a BFA degree from the Chadwick A Boseman College of Fine Arts! Yesterday was a full-circle moment. It’s never too late! Things happen when they’re supposed to happen! I’d like to thank Dr. Wayne Fredrick, Dean Phylicia Rashad, Dean Denise Saunders Thomas and Courtney Bless Long for helping to make this happen for me! It takes a village. Thank you to my son @hotboynato for inspiring me to return to school to finish my degree after he was accepted into Howard University. This is just the beginning! HU!…”

You can scroll through the photos on his Instagram post and see Anderson also shared some pictures from the ceremony, including one with fellow Howard grad, Taraji P. Henson, who delivered the commencement address.

In 2018 Anderson said he initially dropped out after his junior year because he ran out of money. He was able to finish online and from home.

It was a pretty big moment for all involved and Anderson shared this video with this caption, 

“When the president of the university shouts you out from the stage because he knows how big this moment is for you! Thank you Dr Wayne A I Fredrick! I could not have done this without you!”

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“Walking into Monday like I walked into Cramton Auditorium to receive my degree from the Chadwick A Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University!”

Anderson hit the town Sunday night with his son, Nathan and “his crew of 21 and 22 year olds”  to celebrate his accomplishment at the D.C. hotspot Brooklyn on U.

With all the drama in recent news, it’s wonderful to report something as inspiring and positive as a man who returned to college after 30 years and received his hard-earned and well-deserved degree.

Congratulations from Reel 360 News, Anthony Anderson!