Remember when Carrie Underwood Graduated College
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Remember when Carrie Underwood Graduated College

By the time Carrie Underwood graduated from college on May 6, 2006, she was already a household name.

When Underwood graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications, specializing in journalism, she had already clinched the title of American Idol’s Season 4 champion.

Underwood was only three credits shy of her college degree when she pulled out of school to pursue a new career path on the reality singing competition. She became Idol’s first country winner on May 25, 2005, and in recognition of all of her practical experience on television, NSU decided to give Underwood the last three credits she needed to earn her degree.

“I’ve obviously done enough with television,” she told People magazine. “There was my internship right there!”

Underwood had already launched her first major concert tour when she returned to Oklahoma for her graduation ceremony, but she didn’t want to do any interviews on the big day so she wouldn’t detract from the occasion for the other graduates.

Underwood had ambitions to be a TV news anchor, but she was diverted from that dream when her debut album, Some Hearts, became a huge hit in 2006, scoring No. 1 hits with “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” “Wasted” and “Before He Cheats.” She has gone on to build one of the biggest careers in contemporary country music, as well as establish a happy family life.

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