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Mother and Daughter Accept Bachelor’s Degrees Together at Graduation Ceremony



Jun 17, 2013

Shelia Jeffress recently graduated from the business administration-management bachelor’s degree program from the Danville, Virginia Campus with her daughter Erica Chappell. Shelia and Erica both began their journey at National College in 2008. Both reside in South Boston, approximately 30 miles east of Danville, and commuted to the campus together whenever possible.

After earning associate’s degrees in 2010, they both re-enrolled in the campus’s bachelor’s degree program and finished together. The ladies agreed that they were nervous to start their education but their journey was “awesome.” Shelia further states that it was a joy to be able to attend National College, and she would gladly do it over again.

Shelia had previously worked as a certified nursing assistant and at a warehouse distribution center during her life. She said she decided to pursue an education so she could enhance her job possibilities. She received her GED in 2008 and chose to attend National College for many reasons – because of the small class sizes; the lifetime job placement assistance from the career center for graduates; and the opportunity to take refresher classes after graduation. She credits her husband for her success because of his patience and understanding while she went through the program. “I could not have done it without my husband and his wonderful support,” Shelia said.

Shelia and Erica also credit Shelia’s younger daughter and Erica’s sister, Yolanda, for supporting them and helping them get through the program.

“The journey was filled with joys and tribulations,” Erica said as she described her time at National as one well worth the time and effort. She said she particularly loved the instructors and staff and feels that they were instrumental in helping her reach her goals in school.

Shelia and Erica accepted their degrees together at the campus’s graduation ceremony held May 30th. (To read more about the graduation ceremony, visit the College’s website and see the June 10, 2013 issue of the National News.)

Shelia Jeffress is pictured on the left with her daughter Erica Chappell at the Danville, Virginia Campus graduation ceremony in May.

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