This Mother’s Day weekend will hold different meaning for hundreds of moms who plan to visit Independence Events Center.
That’s because more than 270 University of Phoenix students are celebrating the completion of their degree programs at 10 a.m. CDT, on Saturday, May 8, inside the Independence Events Center.
Up to 3,000 family and friends are expected to attend commencement to recognize their loved ones’ academic achievements.
The degrees to be conferred include 67 associate’s, 119 bachelor’s, and 87 master’s.
The average University of Phoenix student is in his or her 30s, working full-time, and going back to school to strengthen job security, change careers, or improve marketability to prospective employers.
Many are also juggling parental responsibilities.
That’s especially true of student commencement speaker Rusty Brotherton of Greenwood, Mo., who is celebrating the completion of his MBA.
The 36-year-old jokingly shared that he doesn’t know what to do with his newfound free time because he spent the last 5.5 years earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working two jobs and raising five children (ages 2-14) with his wife Shannon.
Previously, Rusty entered the U.S. Navy after high school and discovered his passion for computer technology.
He currently works as the Director of Information Technology for Lee’s Summit Community Church and Director of Business Administration for People Matter Ministries. His long-term goals include management and teaching.
Also among the MBA graduates is Tammy Chambers of Kansas City, Mo.
The 38-year-old African-American is a single mom of five children (ages 7 to 19) and works full-time for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an administrative support assistant.
She aspires to become a manager and business owner while writing a book and living life to the fullest with her family and friends.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
University of Phoenix has three local locations: the main campus on 104th Street in Kansas City, Mo., the Lenexa Learning Center, and the Northland Learning Center at the Tiffany Center.
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world.
Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold.
As of February 28, 2010, 458,600 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America.
University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.