At 43 years old, former Portland Trail Blazer Marcus Camby has officially earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he played from 1993 to 1996. For the past two years, Camby had been quietly taking online courses en route to graduation. He expressed his excitement about it on SportsCenter last month.
Camby earned his degree not only for himself, but for his mother and children, per Matt Vautour of The Daily Hampshire Gazette:
“I always wanted to get my degree. I was just extremely lucky and fortunate to be able to go to the NBA,” said Camby, who thanked academic advisor Jamal Watson for helping him navigate the online path. “But it was something I know my mom wanted me to accomplish ever since I was a toddler. It was for her and for my kids. I can’t preach going to school and education stuff if I don’t have my degree. Being a parent, I’ve always stressed education. Now my kids can see their dad as a college graduate. My oldest will be in high school next year. I want her to go to UMass.”
Camby’s college coach John Calipari attended the ceremony in support of his basketball pupil, sharing a photo of Camby with robes, mortarboard, tassel, and beaming smile on Twitter.
Love how happy and proud Marcus is! This is what it's all about. And love that tie! pic.twitter.com/JcZdO5MIDf— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 12, 2017
Camby played for the Trail Blazers from 2010 to 2012 in the twilight of his NBA career. Initially acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers to fill in for the injured Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla, Camby quickly became a fan favorite and was well-liked throughout his tenure.
Congratulations from Portland, big guy.