Letter from the Editor
The Alumni Issue

As the 2017 NCU Commencement approaches, I know our graduates are looking forward to celebrating their great achievements over the many years it has taken to earn their degrees. While it may not be forefront in their minds as they cross the stage to accept their diplomas, the ceremony also represents an important passage from being students to becoming NCU alumni.

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As alumni, the Class of 2017 will forever be part of the NCU community, and this issue of Higher Degrees is dedicated to these soon-to-be graduates, as well as to all of the University’s alumni. We hope you enjoy our behind-the-scenes look at planning for the graduation and related festivities, as well as reading about some of the new and existing programs we’ve created to stay connected to our alumni. We also offer insights from the 2016 alumni survey about how a degree from NCU has benefitted former students and how they feel about their experience here.

We never run out of stories about all of the fascinating things our alumni are accomplishing, and this issue features profiles of four amazing graduates with unstoppable energy. Using the skills and knowledge acquired in her NCU Master of Education program, Dejeanette Flournoy runs Future Hoopers of America, a nonprofit devoted to helping high-school girls gain life skills through athletics. After graduating with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Tara Thibodaux is pursuing her true passion by working part time as a counselor, the career to which she’ll ultimately transition when she’s eligible to retire from her current job – in 17 years! Peter Tsahiridis uses his master’s degree in health psychology from NCU, along with a law degree and a master’s degree in history, to complement multiple part-time jobs including teaching, screenwriting and authoring books. Finally, you won’t want to miss the profile of Debra Touhey, who as an empty nester contemplating retirement, unexpectedly adopted a newborn and returned to NCU to earn her Doctor of Business Administration and embark on a new career.

We hope you enjoy the Alumni Issue, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for the next publication of Higher Degrees. Please send your comments and ideas to:

Greg Pollack
Senior Director, Marketing Communications and Strategic Partnerships

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