New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has announced that he will graduate with the Kent State University Class of 2019 on Saturday.
Edelman, 32, is the reigning Super Bowl MVP and has earned three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. Last February he caught 10 passes for 141 yards in New England’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Edelman starred at quarterback for the Golden Flashes from 2006-08, throwing for 4,997 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 2,483 yards and 22 scores. He was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, before he was able to finish his degree requirements at Kent State. Edelman spent the early portion of his career breaking into the pro ranks as a returner while learning his new position — wide receiver, which he plays at an elite level in the NFL despite standing just 5-foot-10.
Edelman announced his intentions to attend Saturday’s Kent State University graduation ceremony via Twitter on Thursday.
“I want to set a great example for my daughter, and complete a promise I made to my parents over 10 years ago,” Edelman tweeted before congratulating his fellow graduates.
Kent State officials were thrilled to learn that Edelman would attend Saturday’s commencement.
“We’re proud of Julian for the effort and hard work he put in to get his degree,” said KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. “Based on our conversations, I know how important this was to him and his family. The effort isn’t surprising, based on his Super Bowl MVP accomplishments, and I was confident he’d do whatever was required to finish his degree work. Our academic services staff does a great job assisting our former students, and this is another example of their fine work. I can’t wait to see him back at Dix Stadium on Saturday in his cap and gown.”
A native of Redwood City, Calif., Edelman played quarterback for one season at the College of San Mateo before transferring to Kent State. He is receiving his diploma over a decade after he first attended the university in 2006. Edelman majored in business management at that time.
“I learned so much from my time at Kent,” Edelman told Kent State in November 2017. “The experiences I had there definitely helped shape me into the player and person I am today. I will always be grateful for the opportunity [KSU head coach Doug] Martin gave me, and for the friends I met there.”
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