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NBA’s Chris Paul Celebrates College Graduation by Gifting His Fellow Graduates $2,500 Each

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Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns looks on and smiles through the game against the Utah Jazz on January 24, 2022 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Chris Paul is ending his college experience with a present for his fellow graduates.

On Friday, the Phoenix Suns point guard, 37, walked across the stage at Winston-Salem State University and received his bachelor’s degree in communications, shortly after he gifted $2,500 each to everyone in his graduating class, in line with ESPN.

An announcement was made in the beginning of the ceremony that every graduate would receive a checking account with digital platform Greenwood, with funds from the NBA star deposited.

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While chatting with press on Friday, Paul explained that his commencement “made my day” and made him feel normal. “I desired to stand outside and wait with them,” he said.

“I desired to discuss with them and allow them to hear from me and me hear from them. It’s a giant deal,” Paul continued. “Everyone has their very own journey, their very own experiences, and I wanted the total experience of what it meant to be a graduate.”

Friday’s ceremony was a long-awaited coming for Paul, who attended Forest University until his sophomore yr and left after becoming the No. 4 pick within the 2005 NBA Draft. Soon after, he began his skilled profession with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Before taking his walk across the stage, he shared with The Arizona Republic what the moment means to him, following the Suns’ 111-95 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

“Man it’s cool, I’m excited. Very long time coming,” he said.

“To have the ability to return home and try this with my family is something that snuck up kinda quick but I’m probably most excited that I get to spend the following 10 days with my wife and my kids,” Paul added.

His busy 2022 NBA season began with special recognition from the WNBA in February, when the 12-time All-Star received the inaugural Kobe and Gigi Bryant Advocacy Award.

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In keeping with a press release from the organization, he was awarded the glory “for his significant contributions to the advancement of ladies’ and girls’s basketball, and advocacy for the WNBA.”

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As noted in the discharge, Paul is a “devoted fan of the WNBA and the Phoenix Mercury” and has “consistently demonstrated a novel level of support” by recurrently attending WNBA regular season and playoffs and “using his public platforms to focus on the on-court successes and stories of WNBA players in addition to their leadership locally through their fight for social justice.”

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