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Gerald Henderson graduates from Duke University

Congrats, Hendo!

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Gerald Henderson graduated from Duke this week after several years of balancing his professional career and, well, hammering out essays. It's surprisingly rare for players to continue with their studies after being drafted, so it's extremely gratifying to see a Hornets player being one of the few that are committed to their eventual careers after basketball.

Graduation selfie with @qcook323

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Henderson was at Duke from 2006 to 2009 and played for the Blue Devils under renowned head coach Mike Krzyzewski, but left early for the NBA. He was 21 years old at the time, and was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Henderson actually finished his degree — a Bachelor of Arts degree — back in September of 2014, but had to wait until May to graduate with the rest this year's graduating class. A degree from Duke is no joke either, as most people know.

What's Henderson going to do when his playing days are over in a decade? Who knows. But he's set himself up for a great future.