’30 years in the making ‘

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Anthony Anderson is a Howard graduate!

Former Black the actor, 51, graduated from Howard University in Washington DC on Saturday. Anderson celebrated an exciting moment on Sunday by posting on Instagram in which he called his degree a “full circle moment” that was “30 years in the making”.

He also shared several photos from the big day, including one with fellow actor and Howard graduate, Taraji P. Henson, who gave the opening remarks at the ceremony, and Phylicia Rashad, current dean of Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine at Howard University of the Arts.

“To quote Biggie,‘ IT WAS ALL A DREAM! ’” Anderson began his post. “Words cannot describe an emotional slide [sic] I’m currently on. It literally took 30 years. “

“This spring I finally managed to finish my job to graduate from Howard University with a BFA degree from Chadwick A Boseman College of Fine Arts! Yesterday was a moment of full circle,” he continued. “It’s never too late! Things happen when they should!”

Concluding his post, Anderson thanked Rashad, Dr. Wayne Fredrick, Dean Denise Saunders Thomas and Courtney Bless Long for their help along the way.

“It takes a village. Thank you to my son @hotboynato for inspiring me to go back to school and finish my diploma after being admitted to Howard University. This is just the beginning! HU,” he concluded.

Anderson also added several hashtags, including “#justakidfromcompton #huskyandhandsome #bigzaddy #collegegraduate #howard #howarduniversity #howardgrad #HU #bison”

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Anderson previously spoke about his plans to graduate during an interview with Jimmy Fallon in 2018, where he also revealed that he initially gave up for financial reasons.

“I paid for college on my own and ran out of money after my first year,” Anderson explained. “I talked to the university … about creating a curriculum that I can attend online and at home, and do some hands-on classes on campus so I can walk with my son [Nathan] in 2022. “

“So I have four years to finish one year of college,” he added.

In February, during a performance at ReallyAnderson found that although only 15 points separated him from graduation, he would not be able to do so along with his son.

“I’ll finish this spring,” he proudly shared on the talk show. “My degree will be in fine arts. I was in theater while I was at HU and I had to leave after my first year because I ran out of money. And a few years ago my son was admitted to Howard University and he inspired me to come back and I get my degree. “

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“I thought we were going to walk together in 2022, but real life happens,” he continued. “As it happened to me, I had to retire after the first year, the real life happened to my son, so unfortunately we’re not going to walk together, but hopefully he’ll be walking soon.”

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Anderson’s degree comes weeks after he said goodbye to his longtime role as Dre Johnson on ABC Black.

The hit series follows the Johnson family, a black family whose goal is to get in touch with their cultural roots after moving to a rich and predominantly white community. It lasted eight seasons, from September 2014 to last April.

On the eve of the series finale, Anderson wrote a sincere tribute on social media in memory of his time on the show. Sharing a clip from the episode, Anderson wrote next to her: “Tonight is the end of an era that has left such a monumental mark not only in my life … but also in my teammates, the ABC team, staff and all the guest stars we are. also had in this show! “

Continuing, the actor pointed out that “what this play has done and shown for culture and African-American families … in fact all American families in general, will never be forgotten.”

“I am humbly honored …” he added. “Emotions revolve completely [sic] from joy, pride, sorrow … Adoration and more! #Blackish is truly and will forever be one of my profain [sic] the proudest moments. “

The actor also spoke about the untold nature of the series towards PEOPLE. “That’s what made our show appealing,” he said. “And with the world’s audience, who want to improve themselves and live the American dream and have the best for our whole family, that’s what it was about.”

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