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Tyra Banks graduates from Harvard’s executive education program

Tyra Banks is now a Harvard alum.

Smiling ear2ear on the Harvard Business School campus w/ my diploma! Tnx 2 my fab photographer mama 4 the pic!…

— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) February 23, 2012

The supermodel turned TV host/production company founder received her diploma from Harvard University’s Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program on Feb. 17. Those enrolled attend one three-week session, which currently cost $33,000 a pop, per year for three years.

Although Banks didn’t earn a master’s or doctoral degree from Harvard, she will still receive alumnus status, according to the university’s site. The Owner/President Manager Program is designed for “CEOs, COOs, presidents, and managing directors of companies with annual sales of at least $5 million.”

When asked by VH1 last year what her most difficult class was, Banks easily replied “finance”: “For the first 30 minutes of the class, I’m raising my hand, I’m all into it, ‘cause it’s kind of like theory and just like, the social part of the case. The last hour it’s all like Einstein and algebraic equations and craziness. And I’m just like, what the [heck] is going on? Please don’t call on me because it won’t be pretty. “

Perhaps inspired by her education experience, the 19th season of “America’s Next Top Model” — which Banks created and currently executive produces and hosts — will be a “college edition,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Season 18 of the show premieres this month.

On stage at my Harvard Business School graduation! Lil blurry but SUCH an exciting moment 4 me & wanted 2 share w/u!…

— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) February 23, 2012

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