As I say in nearly every issue, student success is top of mind for everyone here at the College of Online and Continuing Education. So we are beyond thrilled when a student reaches graduation. It is a great accomplishment for our students and a significant step toward reaching their goals.
One of the questions we ask students at the start of their journey with us is whether they have family who will support them as they seek their degrees. It’s no surprise that having supportive people cheering from the sidelines can positively impact your chances for success. In fact, that’s the model we live by and what we expect from our staff and faculty.
The graduates featured in this issue’s cover story have family providing more than encouragement from the stands — they jumped in with them. Read about how cousins, parents and children, fiancés and spouses tackled this challenge together and now get to celebrate their achievements together when they graduate May 9.
Earning your college degree, whether a graduate or undergraduate degree, is a huge accomplishment and a great source of pride. It says a lot to the world and is a symbol of hard work, sacrifice and perseverance as well as knowledge and expertise.
Every year we celebrate students reaching the finish line at commencement. But a commencement also is a beginning, and we know our ceremonies mark the start of what we expect will be a long path of success for our students. The knowledge and skills students developed in the course of earning their degrees will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives.
Congratulations to our students celebrating their graduation May 9, either with us in Manchester or via live stream online at www.snhu.edu, and to the families who supported them. Like their family members, the faculty and staff at COCE couldn’t be more proud. For others who still have a ways to go: Keep up the good work and remember we’re here to help make sure you reach your day to celebrate, too.
— CEO Steve Hodownes