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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Shawn Palmer, Louisiana State University (LA)

Major: Studio Art Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Started Part-Time I began college part-time as I was in my thirties, beginning my foray into obtaining my degree and my inexperience combined with the long commute seemed good reasons to start slowly. Within two semesters I moved on to full-time, until I took…

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….

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…

Ruben R. Rodriguez, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TX)

Major: Mechanical Engineering Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time Architectural technology was the only local degree plan that somewhat appealed to me and relied on my good drafting skills. I didn’t have the passion to be an architectural technologist. So my mind wandered and soon I had a desire to…

Luis Perez Flores, Rose State College (OK)

Major: Enterprise Development/Construction Management Graduation Date: May 6, 2016 Not Counted Because: Started Part-Time At the time I started at Rose State College I was classified as an undocumented student.  Due to his status, I was not able to qualify for state or federal aid and had to pay for all college expenses out 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…

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…

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…

Allie Hardacre, Cloud County Community College (KS)

Major: Science – Recreation Graduation Date: May 13, 2016 Not Counted Because: Started Part-Time I was a single mom with a six-month-old baby. I knew I wanted to go to college, but didn’t know if I could balance being a mom and a full-time student while working. As a part-time night student, I learned the…

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…

Leah Fay, Rose State College (OK)

Major: Enterprise Development Graduation Date: May 14, 2016Not Counted Because: Started as a Part-Time Student Due to circumstances beyond my control, I could not enroll full-time when I started college. After graduation, I plan on continuing my education to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Visit  Rose State College’s Student Achievement Measure page to see how many…

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…