October 2013

Today, we want to introduce you to our final commencement speaker – a woman whose story is so inspiring and touching we saved her for last. Stephanie Thompson is a woman whose strength cannot be quantified. She is a true survivor who overcame much hardship before enrolling in WGU Indiana to complete her degree. Here is her moving story.

If you’ve been following our commencement speaker series, you’ve already read the inspiring stories for Erica Taylor and Greg Zobel, two recent WGU Indiana graduates who overcame life barriers to go further in their education. Now we’d like you to meet Randall Frietzsche.

In our last blog, you met Erica Taylor, a recent WGU Indiana graduate who earned her degree while between jobs – and fighting illness. Today, we introduce you to another recent graduate, Greg Zobel, who earned his degree in the Health Informatics program.

Since the launch of WGU Indiana three years ago, we have had the opportunity to help over 1,000 Hoosiers graduate. I have benefited from meeting many of our students and graduates and I have always been inspired by their stories.

Last Saturday, at our largest commencement to date, WGU Indiana students and staff gathered with family and friends to celebrate the 545 graduates who earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the past year. These graduates are working adults who have completed their education by overcoming life barriers – parenting, full-time jobs, busy schedules – that prevent so many adults from going back to school.

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