NASHVILLE, TN Tuesday Aug.7.2007 / -- Nearly 14 years after he left Tennessee Tech, thinking he was just a few credits shy of finishing, Rodney Atkins has been awarded his college degree - without cracking a textbook.

Turns out, Atkins had completed enough credits to receive a degree the University recently added. Tennessee Tech University is now offering a new major, Interdisciplinary Studies. In doing research for those who are within a few hours of completion of their degree, the University found that Atkins would be eligible for graduation as an Interdisciplinary Studies major without taking any additional course work.

"When I was going to Tennessee Tech, my parents must have thought I was trying to become an astronaut with the way I was just taking up space!" laughs Atkins. "I think going to college was definitely a benefit to me (even before getting my degree) - but it's very satisfying to finally have the degree in hand - especially after paying back all those student loans!"

Dr. Robert Bell presented Rodney with his degree during Monday's performance at the Rodney Atkins Celebrity Golf Classic held in Cookeville.

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