Congratulations to Venus Williams! As of August 14th, 2015, she is an official graduate of Indiana University East and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

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. - Venus Williams

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Newest IU grad is Venus Williams, tennis superstar
The former women's tennis World No. 1 received her diploma at Indiana University East Aug. 14.

“Venus was instrumental in connecting IU East and the WTA in this highly-valued partnership, and we are very grateful for this.”

Why isn’t this bigger news? 

Venus is a trailblazer for women’s tennis. I wish she and Serena got more recognition for this.

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Former women’s tennis World No. 1 Venus Williams receives her diploma at Indiana University…and it’s not honorary - she earned it

Williams, 35, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University East on August 14
She enrolled in the online degree program in 2011. The No. 11 ranked female tennis player completed her courses this summer

Venus Williams can now add college graduate to her impressive list of accomplishments.

The former World No. 1 tennis player and sister to the reigning champ received her IU diploma, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University East on August 14.

‘I’ve learned so much,’ 35-year-old Williams said in an IUE press release. 'It was always my dream to have a business degree.

'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.’

Williams enrolled in IU East’s online degree program in 2011. The No. 11 ranked female tennis player completed her courses this summer, IndyStar reports.

David Frantz, dean of the School of Business and Economics, praised Williams’ performance as a student in the release.

'The drive and the tenacity that Venus shows on the tennis court, we saw in her studies,’ he said. 'In working with other students, she encouraged her classmates. She had the ability to lift people up and that was great to see.’

Likewise, Williams praised the university.

'It was just a wonderful experience. I love being a Red Wolf. I love this school and I’m so happy to be a part of it,’ Williams said.

Venus plans to earn an MBA next, but her first love of tennis remains prominent in her life.
In the U.S. Open on Tuesday, Williams won a tough three-set match on a hot day, bouncing back after failing to close out the win in the second.
Williams, the oldest woman in the field, has never lost in the first round of the U.S. Open. The seven-time major champ beat 85th-ranked Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 on Monday to improve to 17-0 in her openers in New York.

Williams had a chance to serve out the second set, then wasted four match points in the tiebreaker. Undaunted, she promptly broke Puig’s serve to open the third and stayed ahead from there to win in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
The 21-year-old Puig reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2013, but has now lost in the first round at her past three major tournaments.