'Better late than never': 36-year-old Chris Ross graduates from Marshall U

San Miguel Beermen guard Chris Ross took advantage of this time away from basketball to accomplish a personal milestone. Ross on Tuesday eagerly shared an Instagram post revealing he has finally graduated from Marshall University.

"Better late than never. Yesterday, May 1st, 2021, I officially graduated from Marshall University! It was a LONG time coming, but I used quarantine as a time to better myself and finish some things that I didn't get to finish when I was first presented with the situation," he wrote.

The 36-year-old Ross played US NCAA Div. I basketball for the Thundering Herd from 2005 to 2007 and in 60 games, averaged 6.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting, 4.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in nearly 30 minutes. Prior to transferring to Marshall, he spent a year each at Panola Junior College and McLennan Junior College.

Ross proceeded to make his way to the PBA, where he was drafted with the third overall pick by Air21 in the 2009 Draft.

He later played for Coca-Cola, Sta. Lucia, and Meralco before winding up with San Miguel, where he has become a bonafide primary playmaker, owning eight titles, two Finals MVPs, and two Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Now, the Filipino-American is also a proud owner of a bachelor's degree.

"I wish I was able to go back to campus and walk the stage, but unfortunately I wasn't," wrote Ross. "I'm proud and giving myself a pat on the back for never giving up on myself and finally getting it done! I'm officially a college graduate!"