Joe Torre celebrates with his wife after they both received honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies at Rider University. Said Torre of the honor, "For a guy who struggled getting out of high school, it's great."
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As a Mother's Day present this year, Cleveland Browns defensive back Daylon McCutcheon surprised his mom by taking part in graduation ceremonies at USC.
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Jerry West, whose son Jonnie will attend West Virginia next year on a basketball scholarship, received an honorary degree from his alma mater in May.
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Shaq receives his master's degree from the University of Phoenix in 2005. The Diesel has said he wants to have a career in law enforcement after his basketball playing days are over.
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The Fonz, Henry Winkler, makes a point at the commencement ceremonies for Southern Connecticut State University in 2005.
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California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ignores a faculty member's protest as he bids goodbye to others following his remarks to graduates at commencement exercises at Santa Monica College in 2005.
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Harvard alum John Lithgow received an honorary degree from the school in 2005.
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PGA Tour player and former Clemson University golfer Lucas Glover is congratulated by Clemson president James Barker during commencement in 2005.
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick shows a rare smile after receiving an honorary doctorate degree at Nickerson Stadium during Boston University's commencement activities in 2004.
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Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior spoke during commencement ceremonies for the Marshall School of Business at USC, where he received a degree in 2004.
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Former "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" host Jonny Moseley described his experience as an Olympic freestyle skier during the keynote address at the University of California in 2002.
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An ankle injury kept Luke Walton out of Arizona's game at LSU but allowed him to attend his winter graduation in 2002.
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Vince Carter left the 2001 UNC commencement exercises after 15 minutes to fly to Philadelphia for Game 7 of the Raptors' NBA playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Scottie Pippen, during his days as a Trailblazer, missed a game so he could receive his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Central Arkansas.
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Cleveland Browns No. 1 draft pick Courtney Brown receives his Integrative Arts and Computer Design degree from Penn State in 2000.
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Billie Jean King lobs some autographed tennis balls into the sea of graduates before her speech at UMass in 2000.
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Rick Pitino, then president and head coach of the Celtics, delivers a commencement address to Notre Dame's Masters in Business Administration in 2000.
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Jerry Stackhouse waves to his family as he enters the Smith Center in Chapel Hill in 1999 before receiving his degree in African-American Studies.
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School trustee David Stern talked with Muhammad Ali at the Columbia University graduation at which Ali received an honorary degree, in 1999.
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Mario Andretti is escorted by New England Institute of Technology president Richard Gouse into commencement exercises in 1995.
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