Emma Watson graduated from Brown University on Sunday with a bachelor's degree in English literature, sharing her milestone with fans by tweeting a cap-and-gown selfie.
The 24-year-old actress began her freshman year at the Ivy League school in 2009, and also studied at England's Oxford University and continued to make movies while pursuing her degree. She took a year off in 2011, but graduating in five years these days is pretty typical, even for non-movie stars.
In regard to her pursuit of higher education, the Harry Potter star has admitted that she was nervous about trying to blend in with her peers. "On the first day, I walked into the canteen and everyone went completely silent and turned to look at me," she told The Sunday Timesin March. "I had to say to myself, 'It's okay, you can do this. You just have to take a deep breath and gather your courage.'"
Watson's prominent role in the Potter franchise made it difficult for her to go unnoticed. "I was in denial," she said in a 2011 interview. "I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened."
During her college years, Watson shot the final two Harry Potter movies and starred in indies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring. She also filmed Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah.
Watson has already begun work on the thriller Regression, co-starring Ethan Hawke, but her other plans are TBD. "When I finish my degree," the actress said while guest-editing Wonderland's February 2014 issue, "I will have a lot more time to pursue other passions, and I want to figure out what those will be. I love having something completely unrelated to the film industry. I want to find something that will let me use my brain in another way. I like connecting people who aren't part of that world, too."