CHICAGO, Aug 7, 2012 — Best-selling author Jack Canfield urged Kaplan University's summer 2012 graduates to believe that they can accomplish anything they set their minds and heart to–no matter what the obstacles are that they will face in life. He said, "As a result of having completed and edited more than 20,000 stories for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I can tell you without any hesitation that someone somewhere has triumphed over any obstacle you will ever face–racism, cancer, paralysis from the neck down, death of a child, false imprisonment, character assassination, birth defects, blindness, loss of hearing, loss of everything in a fire, anything you can think of — and they have gone to create successful businesses, fulfilling marriages, happy lives…and made a significant contribution to their communities and the world. If they can do it, you can too!"
The commencement celebrated the achievements of more than 8,000 Kaplan University online students, thousands of whom watched the ceremony via a live webcast from their homes around the country. More than 1,000 traveled to Chicago to attend the ceremony, meeting their peers and professors face-to-face for the first time during the graduation celebration.
As the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series, Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre and watched it grow to a billion-dollar market. He is the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 500 million books sold worldwide through the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) franchise and is affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach." Over the last 30 years, Canfield's compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams.
Wade Dyke, D.Phil., president of Kaplan University, praised all of the students for their accomplishment and diligence in pursuing a higher education. "In these challenging times, we are ahead of the curve responding to employment demands and employer need. While the economy has made things difficult, you are now in a unique position to join in the economic recovery."
Kaplan hosts two graduations per year for its fully online students; one in Chicago and the other in South Florida. The University also has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine that host graduations throughout the year.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( www.ncahlc.org ) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves nearly 45,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is one of Kaplan, Inc.'s higher education institutions, which serve more than 67,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan's higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. It is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company WPO +2.74% , and its largest division. For more information about Kaplan University, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu .
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