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…

Megan Berardinis, Cleveland State University (OH)

Majors: Psychology and Pre-Medicine Minor: Biology Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred from a private university to Cleveland State due to financial hardship. The price of tuition began to outweigh the scholarships I was receiving. In order to alleviate stress, yet still earn the same degree, I decided to transfer…

Elizabeth Breyley, Cleveland State University (OH)

Major: Psychology Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Cleveland State so I could help out at home with sick relatives.  After graduation I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in counseling.

Becky Dayberry, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (AR)

Major: Business Administration Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of Arkansas -Fort Smith after a 20-year hiatus from my collegiate studies. I moved to Van Buren from Oklahoma because I have family there, and applied to UAFS right away to get a degree in business administration. I…

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…

Jessica Dobbins, Doane College (NE)

Major: Business Human Resources Graduation Date:  May 8, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I am a mother of three small children, I work full-time and also coach sports. Because my life is so busy, I knew that I needed a program that would be flexible with my schedule and life. I decided on Doane because…

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…

Lauren Kent, Jefferson Community College (NY)

Major: Mathematics & Science Graduation Date: May 20, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred schools because I am a military veteran and dependent, which requires frequent relocation.  After graduation I plan to transfer to another institution where I will study molecular biology.  My ultimate goal is to attend medical school. Visit Jefferson Community College’s…

Kathryn Maitland, University of Vermont (VT)

Major: Elementary Education & Special Education Graduation Date: May 22, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of Vermont because the school I was attending did not have my major and it was too small.  After graduation I will be serving in the Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean as a primary…

Elizabeth Tabak, Rose State College (OK)

Majors: Psychology & Women’s Studies Graduation Date: May 6, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred As a military dependent I found one of the greatest challenges in completing a degree was not in mastering the coursework but in finishing a college degree at the same college I started from. From life as a stay-at-home mother to…

George Ian Maney, Georgia State University (GA)

Major: Film & Video Minor: History Graduation Date: May 6, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred In the summer of 2013 I interned at a church camp called Bigstuf Camps (one f). One of my roles as an intern was film editor. This is where my interest and passion for shooting and editing film came from….

Vincent Ricci, Worcester State University (MA)

Major: History Minor: Political Science, Foreign Service Concentration Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred Higher education has been crucial towards my success. I transferred because my initial goal out of high school was to attend a four-year university but due to high costs at a private college, I settled for a community…

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…

Iesha D. DeLesline, Genesee Community College (NY)

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

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…

Evelyn Bai, Indiana University (IN)

Major: Psychology & Economics Not Counted Because: Transferred I am an international student from China studying psychology and economics in IU’s College of Arts and Sciences. After high school, I spent a year at Rice University before deciding to transfer to Indiana University in Bloomington. Although achieving academically at Rice, I wanted a different experience….

Ben Newman, Indiana University (IN)

Majors: Computer Science & Cognitive Science Graduation Date: May 7, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Indiana University two years ago from Tufts University and have loved every minute of it. While at Tufts, I was studying mechanical engineering, but after two years of study realized that this field is not where my…

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…

Allison Butler, State University of New York at Plattsburgh (NY)

Major: Nursing Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred colleges because the first college I attended did not have the major I was looking for. I originally attended another SUNY college where I was accepted for the spring semester as a business major. Prior to attending the SUNY college during my…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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 took a hard look at my life and considered what I wanted to do with the rest of it. I decided that I wanted to get a bachelor’s degree in…

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…

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…

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…

Aimee Bell, Florida SouthWestern State College (FL)

Major: Elementary Education Graduation Date: May 6, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to Florida SouthWestern State College because of medical and personal reasons. After graduation I want to teach elementary aged students and  obtain a master’s degree in teaching. Visit  Florida SouthWestern State College’s Student Achievement Measure page to see how many more…

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…

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…