The 34-year-old had to take a semester of classes to get his bachelor of science degree in sociology, which he graduated in May. However, he was unable to attend the opening ceremony.
“I get a little awkward sometimes when I walk into this gym and see so many people showing up just for me and celebrating what, you know, graduation and Hall of Fame induction and see my jersey in the rafters,” Curry said.
“But every single person I’ve played with, who has coached me, helped me when I was injured and tried to find ways to get back on the pitch. All the teachers and staff who have supported during my three years here. I really feel like that’s why it’s so important.
“And I was trying to figure out how to really take advantage of that moment because my mom said, ‘I don’t know if anyone’s ever had a solo degree of that magnitude,’ but it kind of hit me just seeing , you know, familiar faces, friends, people you went to war with, people who believed in you before anyone else in the country even knew what we were, set the table so that I’m coming into this community and being comfortable being myself and staying in the being there and not putting extra pressure on just being an amazing college athlete and enjoying the journey of what it meant to be a student here on this beautiful campus.”
Curry became the first Davidson athlete in any sport to have his jersey number retired. The school has a rule that athletes must have a degree for a jersey to be retired.
While at college — located about 25 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, where the four-time NBA champion grew up — Curry became a future star.
Within three seasons, Curry ended his stellar career as the Southern Conference’s all-time leading scorer. He set the conference career record for triples made (414) and set an NCAA record with 162 three-pointers in 2008. Curry was named to the conference first team all three years and was a consensus All-American in 2009.
Curry was honored with speeches from his parents, Sonya and Dell, and his former coach Bob McKillop, among others.
“To earn this degree, you showed determination and perseverance,” Davidson President Doug Hicks said at the ceremony.
“It would have been so easy, so simple not to finish your college degree. Yet in response to that idea, you did what you did to 29 other NBA organizations, you said, ‘Night, night. ‘”
Curry, who played for the college between 2006 and 2009, was drafted with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.
With the San Francisco-based team, Curry became a league-altering player, his lethality from three-point range almost single-handedly changing the way teams played on offense and defense.
During the 2012/13 season, Curry set the record for most three-pointers in a season, a record he has broken twice. On December 14, 2021, Curry set the NBA record for career three-pointers, passing Ray Allen.
In his 13 years in the NBA, Curry has won the NBA title four times — most recently last season — was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice and is an All-Star eight times.