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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the upbeat mood at the 2017 College Graduation Recognition Ceremony May 12 at the Rose Barracks Multi-Purpose Center in Vilseck.

 

Senior Education Services Officer Kathleen Connolly opened the ceremony, which drew the largest number of college graduates in the ceremony’s three-year history.

 

“Adult learners really do make a sacrifice,” Connolly said, pointing to the long hours adults spend pursuing their degree in addition to time spent working in their professions, or taking care of a family.

 

This year, 45 students earned associates, bachelors and masters degrees from three on-post universities, Central Texas College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Maryland University College. In addition, students received degrees from nearly 20 other off-post colleges.

 

Students also came from the Hohenfels and Garmisch communities to attend the ceremony. Many were accompanied by family and friends, some in uniform.

 

Teachers Angelo Aldridge, from Central Texas College, and Dr. Gloria Jones, from University of Maryland University College Europe, were recognized for their service and dedication to students and received the Excellence in Teaching award.

 

The graduates were quick to point to those who had encouraged them on their paths.

 

Jerry Jackson, Jr., a UMUC graduate who received a bachelor’s in Management Studies quickly pointed to his wife, Antoinette.

 

“I feel great, my wife actually motivated me to do it,” Jackson said, smiling.  A retired veteran, Jackson said he would like to obtain a master’s degree and maybe eventually a doctorate.

 

Leah Markham already had a master’s degree in business, but decided to change direction, attending Liberty University and obtaining a dual master’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She acknowledged how hard it was, having just finished her student teaching last Friday.

 

“I would say make sure you follow your heart, once you find what you like to do,” Markham said. “It makes it all worth it.”

 

Markham suffered a miscarriage after 16 weeks, in the middle of her student teaching, but quickly returned to her studies, wanting to be a good example for her children.

 

Those in attendance included garrison leadership, college representatives and Education Center staff who praised the hard work, determination and focus of the graduates.

 

 

Central Texas College
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Rodney Morgan, Retired First Sgt.

Applied Science, A.A.
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Chief Warrant Officer 2 LeJuan Taylor

General Studies, A.A.
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Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Marc Walden

General Studies, A.A.
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Staff Sgt. John Cruz

General Studies, A.A.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Chief Warrant Officer 3 Natasha Rayan

Aeronautics, B.S.
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Perla A. Matthews Cardenas

Engineering Technology, B.S.
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Justin Reuter

Technical Management, B.S.
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Spc. Valdeta Mehanja

Aeronautics, M.S.
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University of Maryland University College
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Sgt. Tyisha L. Carter

Business and Management, A.A.
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Sgt. Mark Antonio Jainarine

General Studies, A.A.
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Sgt. Maggie Lavagnino

General Studies, A.A
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Sgt. Karyn Yeomans

General Studies, A.A.
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Spc. Andrew Allan Antretter

General Studies, A.A.
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Andrianna Garza

General Studies, A.A.
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Jesse Lopez

General Studies, A.A.
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Sgt. First Class Matt Weatherford

History, B.A.
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Margarita DeLeon

Social Work, B.A.
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Jerry C. Jackson, Jr.

Management Studies, B.S.
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Lluviay R. Zapata

Marketing, B.S.
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Staff Sgt. Eddie Schaub

Psychology, B.S.
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Jackie Lynn Boesman

Business Administration, B.S.
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Joseph L. Duran

Business Administration, B.S.
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Helena Giese

Management Studies, B.S.
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Master Sgt. Kris Pate

Social Science, B.S.
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Berinda Atkinson

Social Science, B.S.
.

 

Off-Post Universities
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1st Sgt. Kirklee Daubon

Management, A.A.

American Military University

Sgt. Tileesa Marie Alven

Sports and Health Sciences, B.S.

American Military University

Sgt. Even Smith

Intelligence Operations, A.S.

Cochise College

Sgt. Matthew Diggins

Business Administration, B.S.

Columbia College

Spc. Francesca R. Dickey

Criminal Justice, A.S.

Columbia Southern University

Capt. Sherice Patton

Nursing, M.S.

Eastern New Mexico State University

Sgt. 1st Class Felix Cana

Criminal Justice, A.S.

Kaplan University

Leah Markham

Elementary Education, Special Education, M.A.

Liberty University

Trista Nichole Gideon

Business Administration, M.S.

Liberty University

Jamie R. Lane

Healthcare Administration, B.S.

Northeastern State University

Jessica Ball

Human Development and Family Science, B.S.

Oregon State University

Sgt. 1st. Class Rene Urietalagunas

Business Administration, B.S.

Post University

Chelsey N. Bullock

Business Administration, B.S.

Sam Houston State University

Staff Sgt. Steven R. Borcsani

Leadership, B.S.

Trident University International

Spc. Andrew BrisenoLopez

Leadership, B.S.

Trident University International

Sgt. Maj. Angella Beckford

Management, M.S.

University of Management and Technology

Staff Sgt. Iusteen H. Garcia

Business Administration, B.S.

University of Phoenix

Maj. Matthew Werner

Procurement and Acquisitions Management, M.A.

Webster University

 

 

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