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Undergraduate Commencement Profiles

The Class of 2014 features many students who have overcome tremendous adversity in their lives before attaining their degrees.

Jamie Lawler was homeless for a time as a teenager, before finding a job, getting her GED and eventually earning a diploma. She was recently accepted into law school.

Julio Mansilla suffered stab wounds in two separate incidents after dropping out of college. Those experiences only convinced him to return to school to earn a degree in computer science.

Fatu Sheriff contracted a disease during her childhood in West Africa that left her with a hearing disability. But that didn't deter her from obtaining a degree in social work.

Margaret Appiadu Antwi remembers the unsanitary living conditions she endured as a youth in Ghana. Nevertheless, she turned that life experience into a positive by earning a degree in public health so that she can help others who are also encounter that plight.