Anthony Anderson Credits Son for Inspiring Him to Finish University Degree

When talking about his graduation, the 'Black-ish' actor explains that he is able to complete his study because he also wants to set an example to his community about the importance of education.

AceShowbiz - Anthony Anderson is finally a college graduate at age 51. Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on Saturday, May 7, the "Black-ish" actor credited his son Nathan Anderson for inspiring him to complete the qualification at Howard University.

Speaking about his "full circle moment," the "Law & Order" alum mentioned Nathan's role in helping him to get back to his education. "My son was accepted to Howard four years ago and inspired me to come back and finish my degree, and here we are in our full circle moment today," he told Entertainment Tonight.

Other than his son, Anthony noted that he was able to finish his degree because he wanted to set an example to his community about the importance of education. "To see these young Black and brown children who look up to people like me, I want to lead by example and let them know that an education is something that no one can ever take away from you," he remarked, "I wanted to finish what I started, most importantly."

Elsewhere in the interview with the outlet, the "Kangaroo Jack" star elaborated on why he was not able to complete his education in the past. "Real life got in the way, that's the reason why I was unable to complete my degree 30 years ago," he explained.

"[My parents] didn't have a disposable income and I had three younger brothers and sisters at home, so it was just the financial call for me," the 51-year-old actor further divulged. "I decided to go home with every intention of coming back but then... [I] started having kids, got married, career took off and just had other responsibilities."

Anthony also made use of his Instagram account to celebrate his graduation. Sharing a video of his diploma certificate and pictures of the eventful day on Sunday, May 8, he wrote a caption that 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," he continued writing, "It's never too late! Things happen when they're supposed to happen!"

Anthony then relayed his gratitude to the people who had helped him along the way. "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," he wrote, "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!"

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