Cam Newton has been hanging around the Auburn campus as he finishes up his education. However, he plans on skipping the graduation ceremony.
That doesn’t mean Newton doesn’t value his diploma.
Instead, he simply does not want to take away from the other students who are waiting for their big moment to walk across the stage.
“Number one, I don’t think walking really solidifies anything for me,” Newton said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “I have pretty much conquered the main reason why I’m here, and all I really need is a degree.
“Plus, I don’t want to take away anything from the people already graduating. After seeing the response coming from class, I wouldn’t want to take anything away from another person’s [graduation day].“
But what does receiving his diploma mean for him?
Just as much as the achievements he has had on the field. It means so much, in fact, that Newton plans on putting his diploma right next to his Heisman Trophy.
“When I do get my diploma, I’m going to put it right above my mom’s door, so she knows her words were not in vain,” Newton said. “All my awards that mean the world to me are implanted [in her house], and this is no different. If anything, it’s going right along next to the Heisman.”
While Newton is still focused on his career with the Carolina Panthers, he knows that his education will allow him to build another successful career once his playing days have come to an end.
“As I get more educated about sociology, and education as a whole, shame on me if I don’t use my influence in a positive way,” Newton said. “Someone may look at my situation and say, ‘He may be financially set, but yet he’s bettering himself.’ Maybe I can encourage somebody else who is in my situation or is down and out [to] always strive for a better you and that’s what this was pretty much all about: making myself better.”
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