Laura James, Miami University (OH)

Major: Marketing Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Miami University because I wanted more of a community feel and I wanted to be challenged in the classroom. I wanted to be able to grow and learn as much as I could in college and to have a strong social…

Sydney Nugent, Virginia Tech (VA)

Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred The University of Wisconsin Stout is a nice school, but ultimately it was limiting for me. There were too few people and too few resources. I wanted to flourish during my college career and I did not feel as though I…

Diana Parker, Georgia State University (GA)

Major: Nutrition Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Georgia State because they offered nutrition as a major, which is important to me.  After graduation I will complete a dietetic internship and pursue a master’s degree in nutrition.  I plan to work as a registered dietitian.

Juan Ramos, University of Southern Indiana (IN)

Majors: International Studies & Spanish Studies Graduation Date: June 10, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of Southern Indiana in the fall of 2013 due to financial barriers and to pursue my dream of playing for a collegiate soccer team.  After transferring, I was able to join the University of Southern…

Heather Mitchell, Mississippi University for Women (MS)

Major: Nursing Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I transferred because I wanted to begin my career as a nurse with a bachelor’s degree. I was offered a two-year scholarship to Mississippi University for Women. After graduation I will begin work as a full-time nurse at St. Vincent’s in Birmingham,…

Migdalia Crego, SUNY Empire State College (NY)

Major: Community and Human Services Graduation Date: June 11, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I came back to college partly to realize my life-long dream of earning a degree, but also to set a positive example for my grandchildren as my daughter did when she returned to school. Now, not only am I…

Debra Stimpson, SUNY Adirondack (NY)

Major: Accounting Graduation Date: May 19, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I am an adult returning student at SUNY Adirondack. I attended SUNY Potsdam for one year beginning September 1972. In the interim, I married, had a family and have enjoyed a 40-year career in banking. After my children left home I realized…

Gregg Schwartz, Indiana University Northwest (IN)

Major: Communication Graduation Date: May 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time Twenty seven years ago I started my college journey, but due to many circumstances in my life, I had to start and stop. After many years, and attending various institutions, I re-enrolled at IU Northwest in 2012 with a mindset to earn…

Kim Russell, SUNY Empire State College (NY)

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Mentoring and Special Needs Graduation Date: June 11, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I work full time and do a lot of additional volunteer work.  In addition, I had been out of school for so long – 14 years – I thought I just better get…

Demian Brunty, Indiana University Northwest (IN)

Major: Applied Science Graduation Date: May 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I began earning my college degree in 1997. Twenty years later, I’m graduating in May with my bachelor’s of applied science from Indiana University Northwest. My journey had many starts and stops, mostly because of my family and work obligations. After…

Denise Anderson Hatcher, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)

Major: Accounting Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred In 1989 I enrolled as a full-time student. I married while in college and began a family and reduced my enrollment to part-time. In 1996 we relocated to North Carolina.  In 2001,  enrolled at UNC Charlotte part-time.  Due to family reasons I again had…

Judith Steverson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)

Major: Social Work Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I began my journey after being laid off as an executive assistant. I already had a associates degree in paralegal studies, but none of my credits would transfer. I started from scratch and followed a path that would allow me to transfer seamlessly…

Shannon Bodsford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)

Majors: Applied Anthropology & Spanish Graduation Date: May 15, 2016 Not Counted Becuase: Transferred; Started Part-Time I traveled abroad to Peru to get first-hand experience in teaching English, becoming fluent in Spanish, as well as getting a better idea of how I was going to apply my degree in the real world. As an adult…

Aaron Lyles, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)

Major: Marketing Analytics Minor: Management Information Systems Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred because I was forced to complete my freshman and sophomore years at a community college first because of my age. I chose to transfer to UNCC because it offered a concentration in analytics. After graduation I want…

Pamela Brayton, SUNY Adirondack (NY)

Major: Creative Writing Graduation Date: May 19, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started college in Utah at a 4-year university as a full-time student in 1982. After two semesters, I quit school and didn’t return to college until 2009. In September 2009, I began attending SUNY Adirondack as a part-time student. After I graduate…

Hallie Savage, Mississippi University For Women (MS)

Major: Speech-Language Pathology Minor: Public Health Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred from a community college to The W for several reasons. First, I believed attending a university would provide  more educational and social opportunities. The W also offered a variety of majors/minors to explore and choose from.  I also…

Marlea Andolora, SUNY Empire State College (NY)

Major: Business Management Graduation Date:  June 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I went to college right out of high school and accumulated a lot of college credits.  However, I became very interested in the field of graphic art.  The college I was attending did not have that degree program.  Years later, when…

Susannah Haisley, Clemson University (SC)

Major: Political Science Minor: French Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Clemson University from the University of Richmond as a junior due to financial reasons.  I actually really loved my previous institution, but I decided that Clemson was the best route for me.  While transferring, I had to adjust…

Jeremias Campos, Keene State College (NH)

Major: Exercise Science Graduation Date: May 6, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I went to a small urban school in New England where there was a lack of activities for students to be involved in. I had friends and family who attended Keene State College and this allowed for a smooth transition. Since coming to…

Jodi Johnson, Lane College (TN)

Major: Sociology Graduation Date: April 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I was living in Memphis, Tennessee and relocated back home to Jackson, Tennessee.  Following graduation I plan to enter graduate school and major in health care administration.  I plan to eventually become an entrepreneur and establish a senior citizen center.  

Stephanie Martin, University of Tampa (FL)

Major: Public Health Minor: Sociology Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred schools because I was looking to get more out of my college experience. Choosing the right major and being in a positive and fun environment were the aspects I was looking for in a school. At the University of…

Rodrick McKee, Lane College (TN)

Major: Physical Education Graduation Date: July 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I signed to play football at a junior college.  After my first semester, I took a break from school to help my mother; it was necessary for me to go to work.  After 1 year of working, I enrolled at Coahoma…

Iesha D. DeLesline, Genessee Community College (NY)

Major: Liberal Studies Graduation Date: May 22, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred Just after graduating high school in 2007, Iesha was enrolled in the Borough of Manhattan (CUNY) for two semesters in 2008 and 2009. At that time, she was interested in becoming an actress and pursuing a  career in theater. Sadly, the coursework did…

Margaret Navarro, Indiana University Northwest (IN)

Major: Nursing Graduation Date: May 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I had my first child while in high school and at the time, my only goal was to graduate from high school. Once I graduated, I started to think about how I would balance college and motherhood. I enrolled at a nearby…

Crystal Hagerman, Doane University (NE)

Major: Business Management Graduation Date: May 8, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I wanted to live out my late father’s dream of seeing me graduate from college and be the confident and intelligent woman I am.  Currently, I am working for Children and Family Services with the State of Nebraska. After graduation, I plan to…

Thomas Frokedal, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)

Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Tranferred I started college full-time after working for a long time as a carpenter. I began my journey in Troy, NY, attending community college at Hudson Valley Community College where I earned an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology. I transferred into the…