Anthony Anderson, 51, Howard University graduate

Anthony Anderson graduated from college after returning to complete his studies.

The Black-ish star dropped out of college as a youngster for financial reasons, but was inspired to return to school after his son Nathan was accepted to Howard University in Washington, DC

The 51-year-old Law & Order veteran has now earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and posted an inspirational message celebrating his success, saying, “It’s never too late.”

Congratulations! Anthony Anderson graduated from college after returning to complete his degree; seen Saturday at Howard University in Washington DC

Dream big: In an Instagram post, the Compton, California native wrote: 'To quote Biggie, 'IT WAS ALL A DREAM!'  Words can't begin to describe the emotional roller coaster I'm on right now'

Dream big: In an Instagram post, the Compton, California native wrote: ‘To quote Biggie, ‘IT WAS ALL A DREAM!’ Words can’t begin to describe the emotional roller coaster I’m on right now’

In an Instagram post, the Compton, Calif. native wrote, “To quote Biggie, ‘IT WAS ALL A DREAM!’ Words can’t begin to describe the emotional roller coaster I’m on right now.

“He has been preparing for literally 30 years. This spring, I was finally able to finish the work to graduate from Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Chadwick A Boseman College of Fine Arts!

“Yesterday was a full circle moment. It’s never too late! Things happen when they are supposed to happen! he added.

Anthony went on to thank everyone who helped him on his journey, including Phylicia Rashad, the current Dean of Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University, and her son Nathan.

There he is: The Black-ish star dropped out of college as a youngster for financial reasons, but was inspired to return to school after his son Nathan was accepted to Howard University in Washington, DC

He added: “It takes a village. Thanks to my son @hotboynato for inspiring me to go back to school to complete my degree after being accepted to Howard University. This is just the beginning! HU! … ‘

Anthony previously spoke about his decision to return to school in 2018 and his hopes of graduating alongside his son.

The TV star said: “I was paying for my education myself and ran out of money after my first year.

Now he's got the money: Anthony has previously opened up about his decision to return to school in 2018 and his hopes of graduating alongside his son.  The TV star said:

Now he’s got the money: Anthony has previously opened up about his decision to return to school in 2018 and his hopes of graduating alongside his son. The TV star said: ‘I was paying for my education myself and ran out of money after my freshman year’

A big moment:

A great moment: “I talked to college… about creating a program that I can do online and at home, and take hands-on classes on campus so I can walk with my son [Nathan] in 2022,” he said earlier

“I talked to college … about creating a program that I can do online and at home, and take practical classes on campus so I can walk with my son [Nathan] in 2022.

“So I have four years to complete a year of college.”

Also at Howard on Saturday, Taraji P. Henson had the honor of delivering the commencement address for the class of 2022 at her alma mater.

The actress, 51, also received an honorary doctorate from the historically black institution, nearly 30 years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1995.

Her ex Common and Kylie Jenner’s granddad, rapper Travis Scott were in the audience.

Honoured: Taraji P. Henson had the honor of delivering the class of 2022 commencement address on Saturday at her alma mater Howard University in Washington, DC

Honoured: Taraji P. Henson had the honor of delivering the class of 2022 commencement address on Saturday at her alma mater Howard University in Washington, DC

During her time on the podium, Henson donned a simple black graduation gown, as well as a large gold medal.

She embellished her appearance with a ruby ​​red lip and by accessorizing with a pair of large silver hoop earrings.

Although an honorary doctorate doesn’t carry the title “doctor,” Henson made it clear she was going to use the title — at least during her commencement speech.

“I would like to take this time to introduce myself again: my name is Dr. Taraji Penda Henson, Howard Class of 1995,” the Hidden Figures star told the crowd of graduates and attendees.

Prestigious: The actress, 51, also received an honorary doctorate from the historically black institution, almost 30 years after graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1995

Prestigious: The actress, 51, also received an honorary doctorate from the historically black institution, almost 30 years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1995

Henson graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1995.

She attended her own graduation with her then one-year-old son, Marcell Johnson, whom she held for the duration of the ceremony.

She shares Marcell, now 27, with her high school sweetheart William LaMarr Johnson, who was tragically killed in 2003.

Although she has since become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces, Henson made it clear during Saturday’s speech that she was underappreciated early in her career.

Star-studded: Saturday's opening ceremony turned out to be a star-studded affair, with the likes of rapper Travis Scott in the audience

Star-studded: Saturday’s opening ceremony turned out to be a star-studded affair, with the likes of rapper Travis Scott in the audience

Bison pride!  Common posed for a snapshot with Scott at one point during the graduation ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Bison pride! Common posed for a snapshot with Scott at one point during the graduation ceremony in Washington, D.C.

She specifically noted her role in the Brad Pitt-directed drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which premiered in theaters in 2008.

She starred as “Queenie,” a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

The Empire star told the crowd that she was only paid $100,000 for her role in the film which required a budget of almost $170 million.

“In the end, I saw $30,000,” she explained after taxes and other costs. ‘I was angry. I was disgusted and hurt. But instead of simmering in this negative space, instead of getting cynical, I decided I’d let hope not hurt. [to] shape my work.’

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button: She specifically noted her role in the Brad Pitt-directed drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which premiered in theaters in 2008. She played the role of

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button: She specifically noted her role in the Brad Pitt-directed drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which premiered in theaters in 2008. She played the role of ‘Queenie’, a role that would go on to earn her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The Empire star told the crowd that she was only paid $100,000 for her role in the film which required a budget of almost $170 million to make

Henson described casting her in an impactful role and wanting to bring Queenie to life as a dimensional and memorable character.

‘[Queenie] was three-dimensional. She was emotional. She wasn’t nonsense,” she said. “She had a big heart. She loved big even though she lived in the Jim Crow South, just 50 years after slavery ended.

“And in honoring Queenie, I honored all of our ancestors and sheroes who dreamed of a better future for themselves and then lived a life of dignity, grace and determination, so fiercely that it made our present possible .”

She continued, “Hollywood may not have paid me what my job was worth, but I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to show the world what the countless Queenies had done and what their sacrifices had meant.”

Perspective :

Perspective: “In the end, I saw $30,000,” she explained after taxes and other costs. ‘I was angry. I was disgusted and hurt. But instead of simmering in this negative space, instead of getting cynical, I decided I’d let hope not hurt. [to] shape my work

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