Monique Navarro , University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Major: Multidisciplinary Studies Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time In my experience, life does not always go as planned. As such, my educational journey did not begin and end in the same place. I initially enrolled in college when I was 17, but could not finish due to financial hardships. Shortly…

Cynthia Marrufo, University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Major: Health Promotion Minor: Community Health Graduation Date: December 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I moved to El Paso, Texas in 2009 after living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico my entire life. As a result of completing my high school education in Juarez, it was required of me to enroll in English for…

Kindle Jackson, Arizona State University (AZ)

Major: English Literature Graduation Date: May 9, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Arizona State University because I felt invisible to the professors at my previous institution. I was treated like I didn’t belong or was too old to be there (I was 29 at the time). Also, I couldn’t adjust to campus…

Jesse Wisniewski, University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Major: Computer Science Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started college right after high school, but after two years I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do at the time. I left and joined the military, and served for eight years. At that point I wanted to finish my degree,…

Dennis Paetzel, University of Minnesota (MN)

Major: Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development Minor:  Leadership Graduation Date: May 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started my college career at a community college. After a failed first college experience, I returned after several years later as a part-time student. After earning an associate’s degree with an emphasis in accounting, I…

Jordan Hamilton, University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Major: Ethnic Studies and Political Science Graduation Date: May 8, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I transferred from a community college to finish my degree at a great college.  I’ve worked in marketing while attending classes and after graduation I’ll continue to do so as a Marketing Manager upon my graduation. View the…

Jessica Todd, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CA)

Major: Child Development Minor: Psychology Graduation Date: June 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time My college career began at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, before I transferred to Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Following graduation, I taught preschool for nine years. In 2007, I changed career paths and took a job…

Rachel Denham, University of Louisville (KY)

Major: Sport Administration and Communication Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred During my freshman year my older brother was deployed to Afghanistan. With all of the emotions that come with deployment I was continually coming home to be with my family. After several months of traveling back and forth I made the…

Patrick C. Letellier, West Virginia University (WV)

Major: Multidisciplinary Studies Graduation Date: May 15, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time After joining the military out of high school, I got the opportunity to use my military benefits and go to college. It wasn’t long after that I realized that I wasn’t mature enough and prepared to commit myself to the rigors…

Kevin David Bryson, Western Carolina University (NC)

Major: Philosophy and Political Science Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started at Central Texas College and after graduating with my associate’s degree I transferred to Western Carolina University to finish both of my bachelor degrees.  After graduation, I will start the master of public affairs program at Western Carolina University…

Michelle Ramirez, University of Arizona South (AZ)

Major: Elementary Education Graduation Date: May 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I earned my associate’s degree in early childhood education at an online university and transferred to UAS to stay closer to home, and complete methods and student teaching work. After graduation I will work as a 1st grade teacher. View the University of…

Monique Wardrick, University of Maryland University College (MD)

Major: Communication Studies Graduation Date: May 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I attended the University of New Orleans, enrolled in the communications program, for two semesters after graduating from high school. I then decided by late 1990 to enlist in the military, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1991. After completing…

Jessica Hubbard, Cornell University (NY)

Major: Atmospheric Science Graduation Date: May 29, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred At the time of my high school graduation, I was not prepared to move far away from home. I had always loved the science behind the weather, though, and knew I wanted to pursue that study in college. When I applied to Cornell’s…

Melinda Bonson, Washington State University (WA)

Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Washington State University because I wanted a better education than what was offered at my previous institution. After researching universities, WSU was my choice as it had an excellent psychology program. I worked full-time and am a mother of…

Lora Ann Taylor, Lindsey Wilson College (KY)

Major: Counseling and Human Services Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred It took me many attempts and many failures to obtain a bachelor’s degree. My journey in life led me to Louisville, KY. Which changed my life but along the way I had great people in my life to help me along…

Carrie Cleveland, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Major: Social Work Minor: Sociology Graduation Date: May 19, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I chose to attend part-time because I was raising three girls while I was enrolled at school. It was my way to balance my education while being an active and involved parent. After graduation, I will continue onto graduate…

Meghan Flack, Temple University (PA)

Major: Psychology Graduation Date: May 5, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I felt unsure of myself after I graduated high school, so I enrolled at a community college. But then I earned a 4.0 GPA in my first semester, and after that, I would settle for nothing less. I transferred to Temple because I knew…

Corbin Z. Starner, Penn State Mont Alto (PA)

Major: Information, Sciences and Technology, Networking Option Graduation Date: May 1, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I transferred to Penn State Mont Alto because Penn State is a reputable school that offers the Information Sciences and Technology major. The school is also in a convenient location making it a great choice. I have…

Robyn Christoferson, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Major: Biology Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I originally attended a different SUNY school for my first year of college. The campus was much larger than I anticipated. I grew up in a small town and felt like a fish out of water so I had a hard time finding my…

Rosanna Baig, SUNY College at Old Westbury

Major: Philosophy & Religion Graduation Date: May 22, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred because of family obligations. SUNY Old Westbury was one of the closest institutions to my home. Old Westbury also offered a degree in the field I was most interested in pursuing. The campus is beautiful and since it is part…

Melika Belhaj, Portland State University (OR)

Major: Community Development Minor: Indigenous Nations Studies Graduation Date: June 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I worked two part-time jobs and volunteered at a neighborhood non-profit organization during my first quarter at Portland Community College. I remained part-time for two years, balancing work, volunteerism, and education. After completing transferrable credits, I dual-enrolled…

Rebecca Krisher, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Major: Nursing Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I began my nursing degree at a local community college to save money and transferred to Bloomsburg University to complete my degree. After graduation, I will be working as a registered nurse on a stroke/neurological unit at the Reading Hospital. Visit Bloomsburg University’s Student…

Stephanie Plaschka, Kansas State University (KS)

Major: Family Studies and Human Services Minor: Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred Allen Community College is my local community college. The cost, size, and location was a considerable factor for my choosing to attend this school prior to transferring to a larger university. I was able…

Megan Burns, Portland State University (OR)

Major: Community Development Graduation Date: June 10, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I was homeless for 3 years and bounced around from couch to couch, city to city. I struggled to balance working and school without a roof over my head. However, I knew in order to change my circumstances I needed to fight for…

Richard Sherwin, Louisiana State University (LA)

Major: Mechanical Engineering Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I earned my associates degree in mechanical engineering from a two-year college before pursuing my bachelor’s degree.  After graduation, I will continue working as a mechanical engineer.

Melanie Hollingsworth, Northwest Missouri State University (MO)

Major: Elementary Education & Special Education: Cross Categorical K-12 Graduation Date: April 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I began my college career at a private nursing school and decided to change my major. I then attended community college for a year as I decided what I wanted to do. I ended up at Northwest…

Drake Alan Beery, Northwest Missouri State University (MO)

Major: Nanoscience: Nanoscale Chemistry Graduation Date: April 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I just thought going to college was the next step. I received a scholarship, and was eager to see what else was out there. Then, I wanted something more and saw that in Northwest Missouri State. I looked through the majors offered…

Chad White, University of Louisville (KY)

Major: History Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred As an active duty military member, I attended college classes when my job permitted through the Army Education Services. These classes are usually offered without a degree plans and lets military members take classes from several institutions that are partnered with the local base,…

Khari Deijon Thorpe, University of Michigan (MI)

Major:International Studies Graduation Date: April 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred For me it was always “Go blue” in my past, present, and now for the rest of my life. Ever since I was in high school, I wanted to attend Michigan; however, my grades at the time were not where they needed to be….

Richard Van Barriger, Portland State University (OR)

Major: Philosophy Graduation Date: June 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred Due to the circumstances of my upbringing, I never attended high school. I enrolled in college at age 27 because I realized that without a college degree, many opportunities were closed to me. My academic experience was rich and exceeded my expectations. Thanks to…

Christina Kalel, University of Arizona (AZ)

Major: Psychology Graduation Date: May 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred because I was working full time, taking care of my kids, and needed to be able to pay for college without taking out loans. My dream job (public librarian) doesn’t make much more than what I make now, so I knew loans…

Zachary Rivard, SUNY College at Oswego (NY)

Major: Risk Management & Insurance Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I had started at a community college in the fall of 2009 but dropped out halfway through the semester. I re-enrolled at a different community college in 2011 before transferring to SUNY Oswego to complete my bachelor’s degree. Following graduation, I…

Phyllis Ware, Northwest Missouri State University (MO)

Major: Industrial Psychology Graduation Date: April 30, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred After starting at another institution, I turned my attention to raising my three children. In 2009, a car accident left me with a spinal cord injury that paralyzed me from the breast bone down and limited the use of my hands to 50…

Lexie Davis, University of Missouri (MO)

Major: Elementary Education Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and I decided on an out-of-state school that was a six-hour drive from home. During my first semester in college, my grandmother had a bad fall, giving her injuries that put her in a critical condition….

Darlene Le, SUNY College at Oswego (NY)

Major: Business Administration Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I attended Mohawk Valley Community College starting in August 2011 and double majored in accounting and business management. During my last semester, I began searching for schools to transfer to because I wanted to continue my education. After graduating in December 2013 with…

Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo, University of Northern Colorado (CO)

Major: International Affairs Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred My dream was to play Division 1 football and after a successful year at an institution in Mexico I received an offer for a scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado. I will graduate with Latin honors and with still two more years…

Jessica Benavides, University of North Texas (TX)

Major: Converged Broadcast Media Minors: Spanish & Journalism Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of North Texas because I was not happy at my previous college.  Shortly after I started college I also decided to change my major. The previous institution I attended did not have the…

Daniel Nelson, Texas State University (TX)

Major: Healthcare Administration Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time After graduating from high school, I did not have the means to afford a four-year university. After working full-time I was able to afford community college. Throughout my career path, I’ve moved many times; as a result, I attended various colleges….

Carol Henderson, University of North Texas (TX)

Major: Integrative Studies Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of North Texas after touring the campus. Once I saw the University of North Texas I knew I wanted to be an Alum of the school. I  knew this school would help me achieve my dreams and become…

Joseph Kennedy, University of North Texas (TX)

Major: Biology Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started my college journey back in 2000 with aspirations of doing many great things. In between time off from college, I entered into the U.S. Army and served as a combat medic. After my time in the Army I transferred to the University…

Andrea Elaine Pinon, Texas State University (TX)

Major: Geography Minor: Nature & Heritage Tourism Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time During my college career, I attended several different community colleges and universities. As a former military spouse, I traveled to different parts of the country and overseas to Germany. Once I came back permanently to the United…