Saved By the Bell on NBC launched the careers of Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez, and Mark Paul Gosselar when it premiered on NBC, but it also prevented one of the stars of the series from finishing college.
Dennis Haskins appeared on the NBC series as Mr. Belding, and the series stopped him from continuing with his college studies. That is something he has fixed. He is now a college graduate.
Haskins shared a photo of himself in his cap and gown over the weekend, and he spoke about finishing college in an interview with radio station WUTC.
Video & more: @UTChattanooga commencement, featuring @mrbelding getting degree at age 65! https://t.co/f0tWfWcxQA pic.twitter.com/BYAMDDF5MW
— David Carroll (@DAVIDCARROLL3) December 13, 2015
“As successful as some have said I’ve been, from the incredible success of ‘Saved by the Bell,’ other quality acting roles, the books I’ve written, and even UTC Distinguished Alumni in 2000, there’s always been something missing for me—my college degree. For reasons long past, I left just short of my liberal arts degree in theater. Over the years I’ve thought about and even pursued finishing that degree. Now, with the forward thinking policies of this great university that I love so much that have benefited many other graduates, I join these graduates in holding my head high having earned my liberal arts degree in theater from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga! Go Chattanooga! And Go Mocs!”
Haskins received his diploma on Saturday during a ceremony at UT Chattanooga.
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