Vanessa Williams

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Getting an education never looked so good.

School was back in session one final time for Vanessa Williams on Saturday, when the Ugly Betty star was awarded a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University. Williams attended but never graduated from the school, dropping out in 1983 after just two years at the university in order to become Miss America.

Donning a cap and gown with orange trim for the occasion, the star, whose daughter just completed her freshman year at Syracuse, also delivered the convocation address to the graduating class of the school's College of Visual and Performing Arts.

"These days are irreplaceable and are the beginning of the rest of your life," she said in her speech, per the Syracuse Post-Standard. "Treasure the moment."

And when in doubt, just ask yourself: What would Wilhelmina do?

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