DeVry Grad A Guest At State Of The Union

Career College Central summary:

  • A DeVry University graduate was among First Lady Michelle Obama’s special guests at the State of the Union address. Sabrina Simone Jenkins of Charleston, S.C., a single mother who worked full-time while graduating from college, was selected to sit in the House gallery with Mrs. Obama. The First Lady’s guests are often mentioned in the president’s speech and are selected to highlight key themes of the address. The White House said Jenkins’ story illustrated perseverance and a determination to improve oneself.
  • “After servicing in the Air Force,” according to a White House press release, Jenkins “took classes at DeVry University while working full time, graduating with a 3.7 GPA at the age of 42 – all while caring for ailing family members and becoming seriously ill herself.” She then earned a masters degree in human resources. Jenkins now owes nearly $90,000 in student loan debt, “something that will only worsen” as she pays for her teenaged daughter to attend college, according to the information provided by the White House.
  • The president's speech focused on “opportunity, action and optimism” and reflected the administration’s desire to move forward unilaterally with executive actions the face of a gridlocked, divided Congress.

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