Bellevue University Graduation 2017 and Success Stories

Bellevue University Graduation 2017 and Success Stories

October 25, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


– Just for my son to see me
graduate, I think that’s huge. And my mom’s gonna be able to be there. I’m sure I’ll break down and cry when I actually (laughs)
walk across the stage. – I’m very excited and, at the same time, a little bit nervous, because
I have waited a long time to reach this point. It’s a day that I have been
waiting for, for many years. – Today is the Friday before graduation. We had 487 students sign up to participate in graduation this time. It’s really important to them. They have struggled and sacrificed, and this event is like
an exclamation point on the backend of their education. Our registrar’s office
is working day and night to make sure that everybody’s
got everything they need so that when they show up
tomorrow, it’s an easy process. Our students are special. They have really sacrificed to be here. – Crying. (laughs) There was a lot of crying, a
lot of late nights staying up, and coffee, lots of coffee. Sometimes you’re your own worst enemy, so I always got in my head
like, “I’m a single mom. “I’m probably gonna be just a statistic,” but then at some point, I
was like, “You know what? “I have to do something. “I have to make a better
life for my kids.” I have a 10 year old
and then a two year old. (child sneezes) Bless you. I work just a eight to
five, and then I actually waitress on the weekends. That’s when I was like,
“Okay, I’m making eight bucks “an hour, so I really
wanna go back to school “and do something.” I couldn’t go during the day. I couldn’t go full time. I already knew about Bellevue. I saw that they had the
online accelerated program, so I’m like, “Sweet.” So I just called them and I was like, “How do I enroll?” Everything was really easy with them, especially in the beginning. They did all my financial aid for me. Even though I was online,
I still felt connected. (child screams) I think
about how much I regret dropping out of high school. I never got to graduate
and walk across the stage and get a diploma. I don’t wanna quit. People say it’s a struggle,
but I just see it as life. Even if you’ve been through hell and back, you can still do whatever
you put your mind to do. Just gotta keep moving forward. (light music) – My name is Genoveva Prochaska. I’m from Chihuahua, Mexico. I was 17 years old. I had just finished high school in Mexico, and actually my father
lived here in Wahoo. It took about a year for my legalization. Within four months, I could
understand a lot of English. When you’re in a different country where everything’s new to
you, you don’t understand what people are saying to you, it is very difficult, so
you have to have the will to want to learn. And I want to learn every day. I have five children. When you’re raising a
family, working full time, and doing school part
time, doing online classes, it gets overwhelming. Many times I just had the
thoughts about just giving it up. I had to keep telling myself, “Nope. “You just have to keep on going “because you have gotten this far, “now it’s not time to give up.” I understand many of the
obstacles arising from poverty, racial and ethnic disparities,
but I’m a dreamer, a dreamer who has many goals in life. I have learned that every
sacrifice add to some rewards. Even though life has so many barriers, if you get knocked down, just
get up and get the strength and keep on going. You just have to keep on going. – I’d like to ask the graduating class to please rise and reverse your tassel from the right to the left. Congratulations. (applause, cheering) (playful music) – Just knowing that you
have accomplished your goal, well, this is one of many. (laughs) – I almost cried, almost, but I didn’t. I held it back cause my
mascara’s not waterproof. I was like, “Oh my God. “I’m actually graduating from college.” (playful music) But now I wanna go get a
Master’s cause I saw everybody go walk up for their Master’s. I’m like, “That’s cool.” (playful music)