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It's Never Too Late to Earn Your College Degree

At age 44, Nakeesha Howard satisfied a lifelong dream when she completed graduation requirements earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the College of Liberal Studies. At the same time, she fulfilled her late grandmother, alumna Christian's wishes. Howard is proof that even with a full-time job as a dental assistant and caretaking responsibilities, anything is possible with hard work and meaningful support.

The non-traditional student credits her peers in the Sociology Association and Professor of Sociology, Dr. Linda Scola with encouraging her when the going got tough. Spring has been an especially busy season for the Daytona native. The week prior to commencement, she shipped a cousin she'd raised off to the U.S. Army. On the same day, she marched across the stage and her son graduated with a master's degree. And if that all were not enough, her plans to adopt a 16-year-old daughter come to fruition today!

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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