James Franco Graduates from NYU, Continues to Steamroll Through Higher Education

Oscar host dons a cap and gown to receive his MFA from New York University

By Gina Serpe May 18, 2011 3:11 PMTags
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That's one degree down, 86 to go. Or something like that.

The man addicted to higher education got a quick hit yesterday, as James Franco joined his peers (his slightly less glamorous group of peers) in graduating from New York University.

Franco donned the standard cap and purple gown for his matriculation from the Tisch School of the Arts. Well, at least now that he's got a degree he can finally go out and do something with his life.

Like, uh, get more degrees.

The Oscar nominee, who in addition to his newly-acquired MFA in filmmaking from NYU, also holds the same degree in creative writing from Columbia, studied fiction writing at Brooklyn College, poetry and Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, is working towards a Ph.D. in English from Yale University, announced plans to attend classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and most recently was accepted into the University of Houston's doctoral program in literature and creative writing, which he plans to begin in fall 2012.

The reason for his yearlong deferment? No, not for a movie, silly. He'll be teaching a grad-level film class, about modifying poetry into short movies, at his now alma mater, NYU, this fall.

Anyone else exhausted just reading that?