Stephen Curry crosses the stage at Davidson’s graduation ceremony

Stephen Curry has completed his remaining coursework to graduate from Davidson College.

DAVIDSON, NC (AP) – Stephen Curry knocked down another huge 3 – one that lasted 13.

The Golden State Warriors point guard was inducted into the Davidson College Hall of Fame, retired his No. 30 jersey and received his bachelor’s degree in sociology following an elaborate solo graduation ceremony Wednesday on campus from school.

“It’s an absolutely amazing day and an amazing time for me and my family,” Curry said during the 90 Minutes ceremony. “The best decision I’ve ever made was to come to Davidson College and get an education, join an amazing community, and most importantly, play for an amazing man who built this program for what it is ( former coach Davidson) coach (Bob ) McKillop.

There were signs scattered around the Davidson campus, congratulate and welcome Curry back to the school, which is located about 25 miles north of Charlotte where Curry grew up.

Curry walked into a packed house at Belk Arena – where he played from 2006 to 2009 – wearing a cap and graduation gown, trading punches with family, friends, former teammates and current students.

The four-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP turned pro after his junior season at Davidson, and only recently completed his final distance courses to graduate.

The school deliberately waited for Curry to graduate before retiring his number.

Once he did, he became the first Davidson athlete in any sport to have his jersey number retired, meaning the number 30 will never be worn by another Wildcats basketball player.

“To earn this degree, you showed determination and perseverance,” Davidson President Doug Hicks said at the ceremony. “It would have been so easy, so simple not to complete your university degree. Yet in response to that idea, you did what you did to 29 other NBA organizations – you said, ‘Night, night!’ »

Curry held back tears as he accepted his degree and, at the urging of the crowd, threw his cap in the air.

His mother, Sonya Curry, spoke at the ceremony, calling it a “dream come true” to see her son graduate.

“Today you can breathe and say, ‘Check it out,'” Sonya Curry said. “Today you have helped Coach McKillop maintain his 100% pass rate and you are setting an example for others, young and old, that it is never too late to complete your education.

Sonya Curry said she initially wanted her son to go to a bigger Division I school farther from home, but changed her mind after seeing the Wildcats practice.

“I told him if that was what you wanted to do, I would support you,” she said.

McKillop spoke about Curry’s selflessness, saying he sent postcards to Davidson fans, alumni and supporters thanking them after he was drafted seventh overall by the Warriors in 2009.

“How many young people have the ability to do that?” McKillop said.

Curry closed his speech by saying, “I’m a grad, I’m a Davidson alum, and I’m in the Hall of Fame – and that’s pretty crazy.”

Davidson’s athletic director, Chris Clunie, called Curry “Davidson’s most extraordinary athlete-scholar” while inducting him into the school’s Hall of Fame and retiring his jersey number, which has been revealed in the rafters of the basketball court.

“All fathers hope their child will make their world a better place,” said Dell Curry, Stephen’s father and former NBA player. “Having said that, I’m a lucky dad because he does all of that. … If you want to know how to treat people, look at this man right there.

Dell Curry added: “And the next Hall of Famer, you know where that’s going to be.”

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