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'Don't ever let anyone pigeonhole you': Beaming Sonny Bill Williams posts a joyous graduation photo with his family after finishing his studies

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6 days ago Zoe Zaczek

New Zealand sports star Sonny Bill Williams has celebrated his graduation with a joyous family photo. 

a baby posing for the camera: Williams, pictured with wife and one of their three children, was commended by fans for finalising his studies © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Williams, pictured with wife and one of their three children, was commended by fans for finalising his studies The 33-year-old shared a snap from his graduation ceremony on Wednesday, proving it's possible to balance professional sporting commitments with study. 

'Yes a Pacific Islander, boxer, league, sevens and rugby player can graduate!' the happy All Black wrote on social media. 

'Don't ever let anyone pigeon hole you. Alhamdulillah.'

Ahmed Mekky et al. standing in front of a curtain: New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has boasted about graduating from a tertiary education institution © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has boasted about graduating from a tertiary education institution a screenshot of a cell phone: 'Yes a Pacific Islander, boxer, league, sevens and rugby player can graduate!' he wrote on social media © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Yes a Pacific Islander, boxer, league, sevens and rugby player can graduate!' he wrote on social media

The practicing Muslim donned an academic gown with red silk and a mortarboard to celebrate the achievement.

The father-of-three posed with his wife Alana Raffie, who clung onto the degree proudly, and their young children.

An image of the degree shows Williams successfully completed a Bachelor of Applied Management, specifically Sports Management, with a distinction.  

The All Blacks star received the qualification from Otago Polytechnic, which is the equivalent of a TAFE college in Australia.

Williams was commended by fans for finalising his studies.

'Well done and congratulations. Anyone can do what they want as long as they believe,' one person said.

a close up of a device: An image of the degree shows Williams successfully completed a Bachelor of Applied Management, specifically Sports Management, with a distinction © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An image of the degree shows Williams successfully completed a Bachelor of Applied Management, specifically Sports Management, with a distinction

'Congratulations! An education well-earned is a gift that nobody can ever take away,' said another.  

Williams announced his plans to head 'back to school' in July 2018.

' Williams was one of 10 Blues players, a rugby union team based in Auckland, to enroll in studies at the institution through Capable New Zealand © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Williams was one of 10 Blues players, a rugby union team based in Auckland, to enroll in studies at the institution through Capable New Zealand Studying a bachelor in applied management,' he said on Twitter.

'God willing I continue to avenge A+ like I did back in high school before I dropped out.

'Blessed to be on this journey continuing to learn and grow.'

Williams was one of ten Auckland Blues rugby players to enroll in studies at the institution through Capable New Zealand. 

Pictures: The incredible sporting story of New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams

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