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10 Celebrity Graduations You Probably Didn’t Know About

Celebrities: love them or hate them, they undeniably serve to entertain the masses. Contrary to popular belief, many of these objects of public fascination are more than just (mostly) pretty faces, as this list of 11 celebrity graduates proves…

We all saw Emma Watson graduate this year, but who else has worn the cap and gowns?





1. Lisa Kudrow

Most famed for her role as kooky Phoebe Buffay in Friends, the real-life Lisa Kudrow is quite the contrary. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from Vassar College. “THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION!”

2. Sean Penn

Famed for many things; acting, screenwriting, film directing, political activism, marrying Madonna… but few know that he majored in Auto Mechanics at Santa Monica College.

3. Rowan Atkinson

It may be hard to look past the clumsy exterior of the beloved Mr Bean, but comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson is also an Oxford MSs Electrical Engineering graduate. It was during his time at Oxford that he met Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis, with whom he later co-wrote the Blackadder series, abandoning his original ambition to become an electrical engineer.

4. Brooke Shields

Beauty and brains incarnate. Shields holds a BA in French Literature from Princeton.



5. James Franco

Heartthrob James Franco is not only, well, a heartthrob, but is also the possessor of three degrees. That’s right, not one, not two, but three!

He began with a bachelor’s from UCLA, then moved onto an MFA at Columbia University, followed by a PHD in English at Yale. Franco has credited his education for helping him “take acting seriously”, as his parents did not consider it a viable post-college career…

6. Brian May

Queen’s guitarist Brian May is not only a rock God, but also a keen astrophysicist. He earned a PhD in Astrophysics from Imperial College London, and now serves as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

7. Dara O’Briain

Irish funnyman Dara O’Briain showed his serious side when he studied Maths and Theoretical Physics at University College, Dublin, during the early 1990s.

8. Eva Longoria

Not just a pretty face, Desperate Housewife, Eva Longoria, holds a degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. She also graduated in May 2013 with a master’s degree in Chicago Studies from California State University. Congrats, Eva!



9. Chris Martin

Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin first met his future bandmates Will Champion, Jonny Buckland, and Guy Berrymen during his first year studying Ancient World Studies at UCL.

10. Sacha Baren Cohen

Before taking the UK by storm first as Ali G, then as Borat, comedian Sacha Baren Cohen was a student of Cambridge University, where he read History. Great Success!

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