Even if you have been in the acting industry for a long time, you should still be able to get a college degree, right? For actor Dennis Haskins, whose best known as Principal Richard Belding on the hit show Saved By The Bell, that statement is very true. The 65-year-old actor graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater on Saturday.
Haskins took to Instagram to post photos from his graduation and alongside his fellow graduates.
Haskins also posted this statement to his Twitter, expressing how grateful the graduation was.
— Dennis Haskins (@mrbelding) December 13, 2015
Several users have congratulated the actor on his accomplishment.
@mrbelding So how does it feel on your first "wake up" as a college grad??? On behalf of "old dudes" everywhere…ATTA BOY!!!!!
— Scott Armstrong (@WWEArmstrong) December 13, 2015
As an alternate ed teacher, I know well that not everyone's path is the same. Congratulations @mrbelding.
— Desmond (@dreadmedia) December 13, 2015
In statement released by UTC on December 9, Haskins stated, “As successful as some have said I’ve been, from the incredible success of ‘Saved by the Bell,’ other quality acting roles, the books I’ve written, and even UTC Distinguished Alumni in 2000, there’s always been something missing for me—my college degree.”
Saved By The Bell had three incarnations during its run from 1988-2000. Haskins also reprised his role when he made a guest appearance on the show Victorious in 2012. All this time Belding was a principal and he never had his college degree. The more you know.