Venus Williams earns bachelor’s degree from IU East

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Venus Williams earns degree from IU East

RICHMOND, Ind. (August 31, 2015) – Tennis pro Venus Williams is officially an alumna of Indiana University East.

Williams enrolled in IU East’s online degree completion program in 2011, and she completed her last online courses this summer.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, and she received her diploma on August 14 while making her first visit to the campus.

According to IU East, during the diploma presentation, Williams followed the commencement tradition of flipping her tassel to the left, signifying that she is now a graduate.

Williams is the first to graduate under an agreement between IU East and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association (WTBA). About five years ago they collaborated with the WTA to create a partnership with IU East. Currently, 15 of the WTA’s players are enrolled in IU East online degree completion programs.

“IU East and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association have an agreement that establishes our campus as the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players,” said IU East chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe. “Venus was instrumental in connecting IU East and the WTA in this highly valued partnership, and we are very grateful for this.”

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