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Chris Paul is a winner on and off the court.

After helping the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Winston-Salem State University.

Paul, the Suns’ star point guard, arrived in North Carolina from Los Angeles to walk on Friday morning for his 2022 fall start.

A total of 5,004 students are currently enrolled at Winston-Salem State University, according to the school’s website.

For Paul, the graduation ceremony was a refreshing reminder of life outside the NBA.

“Being here with all of you made my day,” she said in a video posted on the university’s Instagram. “There are so many different things that we do on a normal day, being an athlete, I play all these games, but sometimes you just want to be normal. You just want to do the normal things that everybody else does.”

“It’s a big problem. Everyone has their own experience, their own way,” he continued. “I wanted to fully experience what it means to be a graduate.”

The athlete also posted several photos on her Instagram account of herself wearing a bright red Winston-Salem graduation cap and gown. “Bucket list moment,” she wrote.

And Paul used his degree as an opportunity to give back. During the ceremony, Paul announced that he would give each graduate a bank account at Greenwood, a financial services firm focused on people of color, funded with $100 and a one-year waiver of membership fees.

Paul, 37, originally attended Wake Forest University before turning pro in 2005 after his sophomore season. In 2020, he was traded to the Suns, as a result of which he reached the NBA Finals for the first time in his career.

Paul had 15 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds against the Clippers on Thursday. The Suns beat the Clippers 111-95.



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