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Syleena Johnson has joined the ranks of Graduation Season 2015 by completing her diploma 21 years later.

The story goes, she enrolled at Duke University back in 1994, jointed Zeta Phi Beta in 1996, transferred to Illinois State in 1997, but dropped out just before the finish line so that she could focus on her music. She signed a record deal with Jive, released eight albums, got married twice, had children, toured, did a reality show, and so much more, but she never got to finish school…until recently.

The R&B Diva picked up where she left off, and this time, she crossed the finish line! Johnson posted a graduation photo of herself on Instagram, where she expressed gratitude for her major move, and shared her testimony.

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It's time! 21 years ago I enrolled in college at Drake university as a freshman…that was 1994…I was 18 years old. April 20, 1996 I was chosen and to be a distinguished woman of Zeta Phi Beta sorority iiiiiiiincorporated….transferred to illinois state LE chapter, 1997 dropped out of college to sign a record deal with jive records, dropped 8 albums, a movie, a reality show, threee kids, two husbands, three more labels, the list goes on and on…. But the greatest gift right after my husband and kids is this diploma! I did it! Straight A's no B's, graduating with honors! Suma Cum Laude, ALPHA BETA KAPPA honor society….I did it for my sons to know its never too late! To know to always strive for excellence and leave no stone unturned!! I did it for me! To show myself I can do all things Through Christ who strengthens me!! I did it for all of my fans to know just cause I'm an entertainer doesn't mean education is NOT important! Be inspired! Be encouraged….I could cry right now! It was so hard in the middle of filming, performing, being a mommy, being a wife…I did it😜…and u can too!👍🏽 #SJCollegeGrad #Bachelor #NutritionScience

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This is the perfect inspiration for everyone who may feel like it’s too late to achieve their dreams and goals. It’s never too late. Understand? Good!

Congrats Miss Syleena. Weeeeeeerk!


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