No Pomp and Circumstance Here! 10 Celebrity Parents Who Were College Dropouts (Photos)

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Reese Witherspoon was a college dropout!

When I was growing up, the thought never crossed my mind for one second that I wouldn’t attend college after graduating from high school. I dreamed about what university I would wind up at since I was a little girl, and when the time came around to pick a school, I settled on a small place called “Elon College” to continue my studies.

Turns out Elon was about the most sheltered and boring place on the planet, so I wound up dropping out three days after I returned for my second semester. While I always knew I’d go to college, I never would’ve thought I’d become a college dropout!

Fast forward to the following fall, and I wound up at the University of Tennessee, happy as a clam. I went on to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology, and never regretted my decision to drop out of Elon for one second.

While plenty of celebrity parents have earned college degrees, some even from Ivy League schools, several of them can be labeled as “college dropouts” as well.

Reese Witherspoon is one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, and she’s also incredibly smart. Before going full force with her career, Reese attended the prestigious Stanford University, where she pledged Gammi Phi Beta sorority. Reese only lasted one year at Stanford, and ultimately dropped out so she could have more time to act. In hindsight, she definitely made the right decision!

Here are photos of 10 other celebrity parents who never graduated from college.

Photos: PRPhotos

  • James Van Der Beek 1 of 10
    James Van Der Beek
    James left Drew University to pursue acting.
  • Matt Damon 2 of 10
    Matt Damon
    Matt was in an out of Harvard for all four years of college, and never earned enough credits to graduate.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow 3 of 10
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth studied Art History at the University of California at Santa Barbara before dropping out to act.
  • Ben Affleck 4 of 10
    Ben Affleck
    Ben finished one semester at the University of Vermont, then moved west to Occidental College. He dropped out to begin acting.
  • Sandra Bullock 5 of 10
    Sandra Bullock
    Sandra left East Carolina University just three credits shy of graduating. She did wind up finishing them at a later date.
  • Madonna 6 of 10
    Madonna went to the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, but dropped out and moved to NYC in 1977.
  • Ben Stiller 7 of 10
    Ben Stiller
    Ben lasted just nine months at UCLA before dropping out and moving to New York.
  • Brad Pitt 8 of 10
    Brad Pitt
    Brad left the University of Missouri a mere two weeks before graduation!
  • Cindy Crawford 9 of 10
    Cindy Crawford
    Cindy attended Northwestern University on a Chemical Engineering Scholarship. She lasted one quarter, then decided to pursue modeling full-time.
  • Nicole Richie 10 of 10
    Nicole Richie
    Nicole went to the University of Arizona, but only lasted two years in the desert.

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