Venus Williams graduates after four-year online course

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FORMER TENNIS champ Venus Williams received a business diploma last month – and it wasn’t an honorary degree.

She earned it. The hard way.

Williams, 35, received her diploma in business administration last month from Indiana University (IU) East after she enrolled in their online degree completion program in 2011.

The women’s tennis former World No.1, now ranked No.11, completed her final online courses at IU East this summer.

She picked up her diploma on August 14 in her first visit to the campus.

FULFILLING A DREAM: Williams now has a degree in business administration

“I’ve learned so much,” Williams said. “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 earned her associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2007.

At IU East, Williams said she was able to apply academic lessons and skills she learned in class to her businesses, allowing her to work better with staff and be more strategic. She has her own clothing line, EleVen, and a myriad of other businesses.


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