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…

Vanessa Torres, Cloud County Community College (KS)

Major: Science Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Started Part-Time I started college part-time because I did not want to be overwhelmed my first year of college. At the time of  enrollment I had just found out I was pregnant as well, so I did not want to stress too much about school….

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…

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…

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…

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…