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Ben Roethlisberger Graduates From Miami University In Ohio

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attends a commencement ceremony to receive his bachelor's degree in education at the campus, Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Oxford, Ohio. Roethlisberger played football for Miami from 2001 to 2003, setting several school passing records, and over the course of several years completed the remaining courses necessary to graduate nine years after leaving for the NFL. (AP Photo/Miami University, Jeff Sabo)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attends a commencement ceremony to receive his bachelor's degree in education at the campus, Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Oxford, Ohio. Roethlisberger played football for Miami from 2001 to 2003, setting several school passing records, and over the course of several years completed the remaining courses necessary to graduate nine years after leaving for the NFL. (AP Photo/Miami University, Jeff Sabo)

OXFORD, Ohio -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has graduated from Miami University in southwest Ohio, about nine years after leaving for the NFL.

The university says the 30-year-old Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) received his bachelor's degree in education and joined nearly 600 students during Sunday's commencement at the campus in Oxford. His wife, parents and grandmother attended.

Roethlisberger, who's led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, played football for Miami from 2001 to 2003 and set several school passing records. An associate dean says the quarterback was four courses short of graduation when he jumped to the NFL. He completed those courses over several years and finished this spring.

Roethlisberger says he felt it was important to finish his classes to illustrate the value of getting an education.

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