More Than 200 Students Receive Degrees
at DeVry University Commencement

More than 200 students graduated from DeVry University on June 29. The graduates included students from DeVry campuses in Arlington and Manassas, Va.; Bethesda, Md., and from DeVry's online programs. The event, held at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., was well attended by family and friends of graduates.

"We salute you for your commitment and perseverance," said DC Metro President Loretta Franklin. "Staying current in your field is essential. It's up to you to become invaluable to your employer."

Undergraduate student speaker Ericka Kelly, who received a bachelor of science in computer information systems, addressed her fellow graduating classmates. "Now, show of hands of who had to overcome an obstacle while completing your degree?" she asked. Most, if not all graduates' hands were raised.

"Don't let your problems be the reason you don't succeed," implored Kelly, who is first in her family to graduate from college. "Most of the time we had to motivate ourselves when no one was around to do it."

Kelly, who transferred from George Mason University, worked full-time at Freddie Mac throughout her academic career.

Graduate student speaker Dionne Jacobs, who received a master's in accounting and financial management, urged her fellow graduates to remember the sacrifices that close friends and family members made for them during their academic career. She also reminded graduates of the value of education they received from DeVry. "Professors taught courses based on real-world circumstances," Jacobs said.

APSCU President and CEO Steve Gunderson served as the commencement speaker. He encouraged graduates to seize the moment and to do their best.

"You, the Class of 2013, are actually graduating at a unique moment in American history," Gunderson said. "You…are redefining the term 'college graduate.' Today's graduates are more diverse – in every way – than ever before. And those trends will just explode in the next few years."

Students graduated from the following programs: Accounting and Financial Management, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, Network and Communications Management, Project Management, Public Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Game and Simulation Programming, Management, Multimedia Design and Development, Technical Management, Health Information Technology, Network Systems Administration, and Web Graphic Design.

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