Just to let y’all know, because you’re going to hear every time she opens her mouth for a while now — Tyra Banks officially graduated from Harvard University. We kid, we kid! We’re happy for you, gurl! She got her diploma from Harvard Business School in the Owner/President Manager Program, and her graduation ceremony took place just yesterday. Tyra tweeted a series of pictures and messages from the event including the one you see above that read, “Smiling ear2ear on the Harvard Business School campus w/ my diploma! Tnx 2 my fab photographer mama 4 the pic!”
Congratulations, Tyra! You’re going to have a … power suit challenge shot at an Ivy League campus on the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model, aren’t you. Right? Whatever, man. We’re cool as long as you get noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker to shoot it.
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Interesting trivia tidbit: Courtney Love went to Trinity College, Ireland for two semesters when she was a teenager. And that was enough to make her a valued alumna — well, that and being famous — and she was just awarded the very grand-sounding Trinity College Philosophical Society’s Honorary Patronage. Very cool. Congratulations, Courtney! We see the effort as well. She went as far as to get a Dolce & Gabbana coat, a dress that wasn’t ripped anywhere and high heels with red soles, which means they were most likely Louboutins.
Unfortunately, Courtney forgot to take the rather large tag off her coat and it dangled down her back most of the evening. And lets just say that, a college award seems apt, because she looked like she had just pulled an all-nighter. We also have absolutely NO idea about what was going on, in the photo on the right! But hey … must’ve been an entertaining show!
We’re all for lots and lots of higher education (Hi, Sallie Mae!) but some small part of us always raises an eyebrow when a successful actor or actress leaves Hollywood to get their bachelor’s. All we’re saying is, we get a college degree to get a job, not as a way to spend time after Scream 4 and beforeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦well, probably before Scream 5. Our tall glass of haterade aside, Emma Roberts is enrolled at Sarah Lawrence for the fall, where she’ll learn how to write persuasive essays and find out just how many people loved her aunt in Notting Hill.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m leaving for New York tomorrow to attend my very first semester of college,Ã¢â‚¬Â Robets explained last night after the VMAs. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m studying English literature and couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be more excited!Ã¢â‚¬Â We hope she’s able to stay together with her manfriend Chord Overstreet. Bringing a relationship to college and not breaking up is so hard, even if both of you have your own private jets.
We’d like to give a short, non-sarcastic round of applause for Emma Watson’s enrollment at Oxford: the woman might be a 21-year-old movie star with millions of dollars in the bank, but she is still dead-set on getting that college degree. Eventually. “I’m still a student at Brown, Emma confirmed while making the round at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premieres. “It’s just that I’ll spend my third year abroad – at Oxford. Then I’ll return to Brown to complete my last year.” That is, unless some other amazing film role pops up in the meantime, for which there is a 1,000% probability that there will be.
Watson put college on hold this past spring to work on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, while denying that bullying had anything to do with her decision to leave. We completely understand Emma’s decision to head to Oxford, though. What’s more important: starring in that Beauty and the Beast movie we’re already dead-set on seeing, or taking Intro To Statistics? Oh no…when we put it that way, our argument just starts to disintegrate!
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We’re glad Emma Watson denies bullying rumors about her time at Brown. It’s hard enough finishing your education without some sophomore yelling “Alohomora!” every time you go to open a car door. In a letter posted to her official website, the actress says reports that students heckledÃ‚Â Watson with Harry Potter quotes is pure fiction. “I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown,” Emma explains. “This ’10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened. I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair.” Besides, as soon as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II hits theaters, people will be screaming at her in public all day long, only this time with pure excitement. Why taint that experience?
As well-mannered and polite her classmates might be, it’s unlikely Emma will be returning to Brown, or any school, anytime soon, seeing as how she is just starting to film The Perks Of Being A Wallflower in Pittsburgh. “Please don’t try and speculate about what I might do in September – no one can possibly know because I don’t even know yet! Like my other fellow Brown students I am trying to figure out my third year and whether or not I will spend it abroad (this is common),” she writes. At least potentially hecklers aren’t likely to come up with many shout-able lines from Wallflower. Much less Hogwarts-related material in that one.
Looks like the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes star might be adding the title “Doctor” to his name (in addition to “weird yet hot” or “Worst Oscars host ever”), as James Franco is getting his doctorate at University of Houston. Someone got a peak at the incoming student list and noticed a doctoral candidate named James Franco with an M.F.A. from NYU, Columbia and Warren Wilson College: just the exact number of programs an eccentric actor might have enrolled in. It would be pretty unlikely that another student would have precisely the same name and academic resume, though we’re sure if he did, the actor version of James Franco would immediately turn it into a piece of perturbing performance art.
Don’t worry, though. Dr. James won’t be snapping on rubber gloves and asking you to cough anytime soon (not in a medical sense, anyway);Ã‚Â just like his other degrees, his doctorate will be in literature. “James Franco was scheduled to enter the PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing in Fall 2011, but he requested a deferral for an additional year, which the faculty granted, so he is now scheduled to begin doctoral work here in Fall 2012,” a spokesperson for the writing program confirmed, leaving Franco just enough time to sneak in a quick M.F.A./nap at Yale in the meantime.
Actor. Visionary. Friend to gay gigolos the world over. Amidst all of his other gigs, James Franco teaching at NYU will be just one more feather in his insane, feather-covered cap. The 127 Hours actor signed on to teach a graduate film studies class this fall, which most likely means Anne Hathaway will teach it while Franco stands three feet away, giggling unhelpfully. “James has an amazing mind and limitless energy,” explained John Tintori, chair of the graduate film program. “Our students will be fortunate to learn from him. We anticipate the students in his class will feel especially privileged to have him as a teacher.” Privileged by all the free time they have after Prof. Franco falls asleep face-down on the text book, but privileged none the less.
Franco will instructing his class out of the Karbar Institute of Film & Television, where “He will be teaching a section of a third year directing class in the graduate film division. It will compromise 10 to 12 students.” confirmed an NYU spokesperson. It class is already filled, no doubt fueled by the student’s passionate interest in finding out what the actor was on during Franco’s Oscar hosting gig. We mean learning! The students have a passionate interest in learning. We imagine James’ class will be just like the Dead Poet’s Society, but with more Twitter insults aimed at Bruce Vilanch. Just slightly more.
Bristol Palin is using her hard-earned reality TV paycheck for good! Or at least, for her own good. The Dancing With The Stars contestant recently purchased a home just outside Phoenix, Arizona, and it’s being reported that she plans to enroll at Arizona State University.
Her choice to move to Arizona is interesting for many reasons. Does she want to get closer to Arizona Senator and her mother’s former running mate John McCain? (Doubtful!) Or does she just hate immigrants that much? (Maybe!) Or does she just want to attend the college that snubbed President Obama last year, denying him an honorary degree by saying his career wasn’t accomplished enough? (Palin family universal hate of community organizing, YES!) We think it’s great that Palin plans to attend college and we wish her the best of luck – not in the academic realm, but in her fight to remain abstinent at the nation’s #6 party school.
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