• UWA baccalaureate graduates continue to pursue education

    Posted: June 05, 2013

    Author: Sydney Meeks

     Out of 242 baccalaureate graduates from the fall and spring commencements at the University of West Alabama, 70 are pursuing graduate studies at competitive universities across the nation and internationally.

    These students cite several reasons for deciding to further their education, from realizing the need for specialized research or qualifications to a simple desire to want to continue learning.

    Joseph Seale, a graduate from the College of Liberal Arts, faced the age-old dilemma upon graduating. “When I graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science, I found myself face-to-face with the infamous question all college graduates have "Well, now what?" Seale remembered.

    After applying to several distinguished graduate programs for creative writing, Seale quickly realized that next step when he was accepted to the University of Tennessee.

    “Thanks to the amazing faculty at UWA, I was able to step out and move my academic and professional careers forward, and I also realized I was much more prepared than I ever thought I was. I didn't always plan on graduate school or teaching for a living, but now that I'm here, I can't help but wonder how I ever let myself consider anything else.” Seale said. 

    The baccalaureate graduates from UWA’s College of Business are also experiencing considerable success in furthering their studies. Eighteen COB graduates were accepted to 57 graduates schools ranging from the University of South Carolina to the University of Southern California. UWA’s successful graduates from the COB literally span from east to west coast, while some chose to go even further distances like Monsash University in Australia and Birmingham University and the University of Manchester in England.

    “We are exceedingly proud of our graduates who have been accepted into very prestigious graduate schools throughout the U.S. and internationally,” said Dr. Ken Tucker, business dean.

    Tucker continued, “The fact that such a relatively large percentage of our graduates have been accepted by so many reputable graduate schools speaks well of the hard work exhibited by our students and the quality of instruction and support they received from our dedicated faculty and staff who go above and beyond in helping students succeed.”

    Within UWA’s College of Education, 75 percent of the baccalaureate graduates that chose to pursue a master’s degree were accepted by their alma mater into some of the University’s 35 graduate programs within the field of education.

    “I chose to continue my education at UWA because it is home to me, and it doesn’t hurt that the education is affordable,” said LeAnthony Walker, a 2012 education graduate.
    “There is still a lot for me to learn from the small, close network of people in Livingston. I only hope to be as great as some of the people who have influenced my life at the University, so I can pay it forward to my students in the future,” said Walker.

    Within UWA’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, many baccalaureate graduates are continuing their education at extremely competitive graduate schools. Ericka Reed was accepted to Penn State University to study molecular biology and biochemistry, while several students are continuing their education within the state at Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

    To learn more about applying for graduate school at the University of West Alabama, contact the school of graduate studies at 205-652-3647.

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