FLAGSTAFF (3TV/CBS 5) − A Northern Arizona University student’s master’s thesis landed him not only an advanced degree, but bragging rights as a social media sensation and a tweet from Kim Kardashian.

Corderro McMurry decided to write his master’s thesis in communications on celebrity news. He chose Kim Kardashian’s 2016 robbery in Paris as a case study to examine the newsworthiness of celebrity coverage and whether social media is changing journalism.

Last week, the NAU student journalist marked the completion of his thesis with a tweet: “After taking an extra year, 68 pages, long nights & early mornings, I finally graduated with my Master’s degree!”

He added, “@KimKardashian YOOO I have to get you a copy. The thesis focuses on you.”

McMurry also tagged two celebrity news sites in the post. A few retweets later, Kim herself responded.

“Congrats!!!! Can I get a copy?” she wrote.

“I was literally screaming, a loss for words. I was dancing around. I was like YES!” McMurry said in an interview.

He said the thread began trending in several countries over the weekend.

"Everyone is like, ‘Yo, are you going to send her a copy?’ And I'm like, well yes, I'd love to. I just don't know how to get it to her.”

McMurry will graduate Friday. He plans to pursue a career in celebrity news.

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(3) comments

RVResident

He wants to pursue a career in celebrity news?!?!? Wow, hope the thousands of students loans are worth it working for Buzzfeed.

momsacorn

Just another reason to rue the current state of academic integrity ...

Taj1367

I second that.

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