New England College to Honor Class of 2017

Walking across the stage at graduation will mark the culmination of an almost 30-year journey for Nathan Parsons – earning a BS in Healthcare Administration online from New England College.

“My aunt, when I went to college the first time, said, ‘While you’re in school, just go get your four-year degree,’ and I didn’t listen to her as an 18-year-old boy. But, boy, life would have been so much easier had I,” said the father of two from Benton Harbor, Mich.

Juggling work, family and multiple moves made it challenging for Parsons to earn a degree in a traditional program, but he persisted.

“That little ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ does appear. Stay strong and work through this difficult time in your studies. The end will come, but you must persist,” he said.

The flexibility of NEC’s 100% online programs has made it possible for Parsons and other graduates, including Conseka Parrish and Justin Wheeler, to earn their degrees while managing busy lives.

Wheeler, a father of two from Reno, Nev., juggled an 80-hour-per-week schedule selling prosthetic devices in three states while earning his BA in Business Administration. He was driven by the opportunity to advance into a management role.

“The skills you gain from having a job and getting an education go far outside of just the formal education,” he said.

The death of Parrish’s mother provided the impetus to go back to school for a BS in Healthcare Administration. Parrish, an Army spouse and mother of five children, started at NEC when her husband was stationed in Fort McCoy, Wis., and finished after her family moved to a new base in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Getting a degree “was something I not only wanted to do but something I needed to do, not just for myself but for my mom as well. I also wanted to show my children that regardless of the circumstances that may seem to get in the way, nothing can stop you from accomplishing your dreams,” she said.

The trio will be among more than 130 students from 28 U.S. states graduating from NEC’s online programs.

The Class of 2017 will receive their diplomas during New England College’s Commencement Ceremony at 11 a.m. May 13 on the Henniker, N.H., campus. The ceremony will be streamed live beginning at 10:45 a.m. and can be viewed by clicking this link.

To learn more about NEC’s commencement activities view this link.

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