She Aced It! Venus Williams Earns Business Degree From IU
Besides being a legendary tennis champ, Venus Williams is now a college graduate. On August 14th, Williams, 35, received her IU diploma, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from Indiana University East.
The women’s tennis former World No. 1, who is currently ranked No. 11, enrolled in IU East’s online degree completion program in 2011 and completed her final online courses this summer, reports Indy Star newspaper.
“It was just a wonderful experience,” Williams told the newspaper. “I love being a Red Wolf. I love this school, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
In an IU East press release, Williams said: “I’ve learned so much. It was always my dream to have a business degree, and I ended up going to art school so many times, but in the back of my head I felt like I needed the tools to be a better leader, to be a better planner, to be better at all of the things I wanted to do in my businesses because I’m so hands-on.”
This should surely help Williams grow her clothing line, EleVen, as well as the various other businesses and partnerships she’s involved in. Prior to this, Williams received her associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2007.
Williams also made other moves while on the IU campus. She is the first to graduate under a deal between IU East and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association. “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,” Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said. “Venus was instrumental in connecting IU East and the WTA in this highly-valued partnership, and we are very grateful for this.”
The university also has an agreement with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits. Both agreements offer the opportunity for players to professionally train and play tennis while also completing their bachelor’s degree online.