The Class of 2012: More Than 5,000 Working Adult Learners Earn Degrees from Excelsior College
Seeking career advancement or new opportunities, hundreds of Excelsior College graduates from across the country will converge in Albany, N.Y. on July 13 for Commencement
Albany, N.Y. (July 10, 2012) – On July 13, Alfreda Adams, 56, will walk across the stage at Excelsior College’s Commencement Ceremony – alongside more than three hundred of this year’s nearly 5,200 graduates – for the culmination of an educational journey that began 37 years ago. At age 19, the Columbia, Maryland resident had to leave college to raise eight younger siblings after her mother was struck with multiple sclerosis.
Alfreda’s story is heartwarming, but not unique. Typical Excelsior graduates are working adults balancing jobs, family and college coursework and seeking to improve their lives and advance in their careers. They earned their degrees through online coursework, credit by examination, transferring credit from other institutions and recognized non-collegiate sources
Over three hundred of the graduates and their families will come together for Commencement this Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Economic analyst, noted author and former presidential advisor Robert B. Reich will present the keynote address.
For Alfreda, the path to this day has been tumultuous. Twelve years ago, at age 44, the mother of two first returned to school to become a nurse, only to leave weeks prior to graduation to care for her ailing mother after a cancer diagnosis.
On the advice of an advisor, she transferred to Excelsior after learning the college would accept nearly 90 credits of her nursing education toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She would finish the remaining credits through online courses at Excelsior. With a degree secured, Alfreda can now pursue her life’s calling – to open a creative arts center for sexually abused children.
Other 2012 graduates who typify the Excelsior story include:
In its 41 year existence, Excelsior College, which offers degree programs in nursing, liberal arts, health sciences, and business and technology, has graduated more than 146,000 adult learners.
For those unable to attend in person, Excelsior will broadcast the Commencement event live on the Web.