DIARY: College graduate receives diploma

Not many college graduates employ a PR machine to alert the media when they receive their diploma. But then, few college grads go direct from campus to the NBA.

Not many college graduates employ a PR machine to alert the media when they receive their diploma. But then, few college grads go direct from campus to the NBA.

Not many college graduates employ a PR machine to alert the media

when they receive their diploma. But then, few college grads go direct

from campus to the NBA.



To announce the graduation of Detroit Pistons guard Jerry Stackhouse

(which occurred more than four years after he left the University of

North Carolina to play pro ball) sports marketing specialists Octagon

issued a press release in the form of a diploma.



Despite his huge salary and all the distractions that come with being a

pro athlete, Stackhouse spent the last four summers studying to fulfill

a promise he made to his family - he is the youngest of 11 children.

Ironically enough, us journalists (whose salary of 42 cents a day pales

somewhat next to Stackhouse’s millions), spent a lot of time last summer

playing basketball.



Octagon hopes to promote Stackhouse as a role model who understands the

importance of getting an education. No word on whether they’ll be

willing to sponsor our summer hoops league, however.



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