8 Most Inspiring College Graduation Moments of 2014

Beth Dumbauld

Congratulations, graduates! What a great year to earn your degree. The great news is, the Labor Department announced there were over 288,000 new jobs added last month!

It’s a time to celebrate. From campuses in Boston to California to degrees earned 100% online, here are 8 of the most inspiring commencement speeches and graduation moments chosen from our 70+ partner colleges this year:

blog_uop_logo_052714University of Phoenix

Sometimes you will fall, but that doesn’t mean you will fail. This University of Phoenix grad inspires students to conquer their own Mount Everest.

Highlight: Proof that you can earn your degree and reach the highest peaks in life – and still give back to others.


blog_regisuniversity_logo_052714Regis University

This Flickr slide show does what pictures do best – tells a story in images. From newly minted business degree holders, to RNs ready to be of service – the feeling of joy and accomplishment shines through.

Highlight: Bedazzled RN graduation caps? Love nurses – and all adult graduates who inspire us to achieve our dreams.


blog_libertyuniversity_logo_052714Liberty University Online

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was the keynote speaker at this year’s Liberty University commencement ceremony.

Highlight: Liberty’s largest graduation class with 34,000 guests in attendance.


blog_fishercollege_logo_052714Fisher College

Carlos Arrendondo and Jeff Bauman, symbols of courage during the Boston Marathon tragedy, gave the commencement address at StraighterLine partner, Fisher College. This marked the first time the school featured two graduation speakers.

Highlight: Every day heroes, in- and out- of the classroom, rule the day.


blog_jefferson_logo_052714Jefferson Community & Technical College

The class of 2014 was asked to “Pass The Cap” – give their graduation cap to someone they believe can earn, or finish, a college degree too.

Highlight: Sharing the dream of a college degree. Sometimes, the first step is having someone believe in you.


blog_umuc_logo_052714University of Maryland University College

UMUC celebrates perseverance at this year’s commencement ceremony. This commencement video celebrates all UMUC graduates with a theme of achieve more, be more, do more – and recognizes the value of perseverance.

“Whatever your goals, it’s never too late. I know because I turned 70 this year. And I must admit at times it was tough to make it here.”

- Beverly Butler 

Highlight: For inspiration, you can’t beat this video of student speaker, Beverly Butler, sharing her story of what it took to earn a bachelor’s degree at age 70.

blog_charteroak_logo_052714Charter Oak State College

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy is scheduled to give the commencement speech at Charter Oak State College, Connecticut’s only public online college.

“Access to affordable, quality higher education is critical for America to remain competitive in the 21st century global economy.”

- Christopher S. Murphy 

Highlight: It’s a big deal when a U.S. Senator takes time to address, and recognize the achievement, of 500 graduating adult students.


blog_brandman_logo_052714Brandman University

25 campuses. 25 commencements. Brandman Gets Social in celebrating its students.

Highlight: Students, military or civilian, prove that getting your diploma is possible – even with a busy schedule.


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