Amy Guy Becomes Chowan University’s First Adult Degree Graduate
MURFREESBORO, NC – A historic footnote should be added to Chowan University’s 2009 Commencement Ceremony on May 15th. Amy Elizabeth Guy from Roanoke Rapids, NC by way of Emporia, VA became the first ever graduate from Chowan University’s new Adult Degree Completion Program.
Guy even graduated with Magna Cum Laude standing for maintaining a 3.5 to 3.79 GPA while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences through classes only two nights a week conveniently located on the Halifax Community College campus.
“I have always thought I would receive a college degree,” Guy, age 32, said. “However, I never realized it would be this late in life or that I would have so many obstacles placed in front of me.”
Guy overcame the nervousness of returning back to school after the hiatus of building a family.
“When you have family, there are very few things that you do for yourself anymore,” said Guy. “This was something I did for myself, but I also know my family will benefit from my degree.”
Guy gratefully acknowledged the supportive nature of her family and friends that helped her achieve her goal.
“I could not have done it without my parents, husband and extended family all pulling together making sure my children were picked up from school and taken to extracurricular activities and kept during the evenings while I was in class,” explained Guy, who has three sons. “They also kept them on weekends if I had papers due.”
Chowan University’s Director of the Adult Degree Completion Program, Jose Hernandez, and other Chowan faculty and staff also lent their support to make the transition back to school easier for her.
“It was a lot easier than I expected as far as enrolling, getting my books, and making sure everything was taken care of,” she said. “They made it smooth and almost effortless.”
Guy thanked Chowan University for their helpful attitudes and the opportunity for higher education that the Adult Degree partnership with HCC offers the Roanoke Valley area.
“My classes were well taught by Chowan’s intelligent, well-informed professors that were, for the most part, understanding that this was an adult program and that we have jobs that might keep us late or families and children that may get sick and need us there with them,” Guy explained. “It has been a pleasantly challenging experience, and I am glad Chowan University has made it possible.”
Guy hopes that her new Chowan University Bachelor’s Degree will help her to find a good job doing what she loves – helping others.
For more information on Chowan University’s Adult Degree Completion Program, contact Director Shellie Saxby at firstname.lastname@example.org or
toll free at 1 (888) 4-CHOWAN.
Joshua E. Barker | University Relations | May 20, 2009
Photo Caption: Chowan University’s first ever Adult Degree Completion Program graduate Amy Guy rings the traditional gazebo bell on CU’s campus during the May 15th Commencement to mark the successful end of her academic career.