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Do you remember what it felt like the day you received your high school diploma or even the day you walked across the stage at your college’s commencement ceremony? What was that moment like for you?

One of music and entertainment’s brightest stars has just experienced that same feeling, too, and it’s finally none other than the Queen of Hip Hop/Soul herself, Mary J. Blige.

For years we’ve heard her speak out on the importance of getting the education she bailed out on early in her high school years before her mega success, fame, notoriety and respect in the music industry.

This week, the 39-year-old singer announced live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she’d just received her GED from her hometown of NYC. Mary J. Blige is now amped in more ways than one because she’s also been accepted into college and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The student of the stage and show biz is eager to get started as she aims for a Bachelors degree with an intended graduation date near the end of the 2014 term. There’s currently no report on what Mary J. Blige will choose as her major or even how exactly she will attend classes. Pretty soon we guess she’ll stop touring and doing music for awhile to complete her studies or officially decide if she’ll juggle both a full time career with her planned courses at Howard University.

Now what would you do if you were sitting in class one day learning all you can and Mary J. Blige walks in and asks for a steno notepad to take notes on the lesson? Wouldn’t that be crazy? Hopefully, MJB will be able to take a few online classes like many of us do, but I want her to also get the complete college life experience.

Granted she might not need to go as far as renting a dorm room, but it’d be nice to see her doing her best to further her education and hang out a few times on the yard. Think she’ll join a sorority, too?

Howard University is one of the most popular HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities) so whatever Mary J. Blige decides to do, I’m sure her music has been the soundtrack to a few generations of step shows, fashion shows, homecoming celebrations, frat parties and late night study sessions.

Go Mary! We’re so proud of you and how you kept your word. Best wishes in all you do. Continue to be an example and a light showing the world that it is never too late to get an education! We love you MJB. See you at graduation!

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