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Memphis and Bartlett Campus Graduates Join Together To Celebrate Achievements

Jun 09, 2014

On Friday, May 23rd, the moment that graduates of the Bartlett and Memphis Campuses had been working toward finally arrived, as they walked proudly across the stage to receive their diplomas during the 2014 graduation ceremony held at First Baptist Church-Broad.

Shelby County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks delivered an inspiring commencement address to a packed house of family and friends.  Commissioner Brooks told the graduates that they should be proud of their accomplishments, and that they should encourage themselves.  “It takes a great deal of faith in oneself to be successful,” she said.

She stressed the importance of being active in the community and giving back to others.  “That’s what helps us build our community, when we turn around and help the next one behind us achieve that level that we have achieved,” said Commissioner Brooks.

She also urged the graduates to continue their education.  “You started," said Commissioner Brooks.  “Don’t stop.  Knowledge is power.  Never stop.  Never give up.”

During the service, a number of graduates earned awards for outstanding academic achievement. Travis Myles, a business administration-accounting graduate from the Memphis Campus, who is the owner of Myles Professional Solutions, and Ashley Bobo, a Bartlett Campus information systems engineering graduate, who is working for Tate Computer Systems and Mobile Device Techs, each received the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

Leadership Awards were also presented to Terrence Glasgow, an information systems engineering graduate from the Bartlett Campus, and Karen Hillard, a business administration-management graduate from the Memphis Campus.  

Prior to the ceremony, Karen shared that she came to National College after working in a number of dead end jobs.  “I got tired of looking at my situation and my circumstances, and decided that I’m getting too old and it’s time to build a foundation for myself,” said Karen.

She’s now working as a floor manager at Precious Moments Banquet Hall and she’s continuing her education to earn a second degree in accounting to help her advance even further in her career. “When I first started classes, my self-esteem and my confidence was really low, but as I kept going to school and kept working on it, it [built] up,” said Karen. 

Martha Harris, a health information management graduate from the Bartlett Campus, shared many of the graduates’ sentiment about the evening.  “I’m ecstatic,” she said, adding that she came to National after relocating to the area with her husband. “I had heard about National in Kentucky, and that it was a terrific school, so when I saw that there was a National close by, of course I went to National.”

She was hired by Lakeside Behavioral Health shortly before she completed her program, and she said she’s glad that her husband gave her the encouragement that she needed to earn her degree. “My husband gave me a little push,” recalled Martha. “He said ‘You’ve always wanted this. This is your time.’”


Achievement Award-Tracy Williams, Shunta Herron
Leadership Award-Terrence Glasgow, Karen Hillard
E.M. Coulter Award-Sarah M. Braska, Alfred Watson
Mary P. McGurn Award-Jacquine Rankin, Pricilla Crutcher
Joseph E. Hurn Award-Tina Griggs, Erica Joyner
M.A Smythe Award-Terrence Glasgow, Terethia Mabone
Alumni Hall of Achievement Award-Ashley C. Bobo, Travis Myles

A- Martha Harris, a health information management graduate, had heard that National College was a terrific school when she lived in Kentucky, so she enrolled at the Bartlett Campus when she relocated to the area.

B-Bartlett Campus graduates (front to back) Courtney Clements, Diana Cooper, and Lettie Crosby paused for a photo prior to the commencement ceremony.

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