Adult Degree Completion Graduate Achieves Goal


“Southern Adventist University’s Adult Degree Completion program was a great fit for me,” says Ambar DeLeon, 2023 Adult Degree Completion (ADC) graduate. “I’m so thankful that I was able to earn a Christian education with professors who care about me.”

DeLeon earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. “I want to become certified as a clinical psychologist so I can offer quality therapy to help individuals overcome past traumas,” she explains. “I also hope to act as a relationship coach and help individuals achieve their dreams from the perspective of a Christian mindset.”

Southern’s ADC program matched DeLeon’s desire for flexibility and a Christian atmosphere. She valued the options of online classes that could be completed virtually. Through the program, previous credits are counted, giving individuals a head start as they begin the application process.

Cynthia Wright, ADC director, shares, “Making the decision to return to college as an adult is a significant and brave step, and we’re here to support adult learners in every way possible. If adult learners are looking for clarity on program details, need advice on balancing their studies with responsibilities, or just want to talk through any worries that come up, I am available and eager to assist.”

Southern’s ADC program allows students to do classes online and asynchronously, meaning individuals like DeLeon can schedule school around their lives, not vice versa. Thanks to this, DeLeon says she was able balance school with her other responsibilities. “It’s been difficult at times, but I’ve continued to have discipline and stay organized. I always keep God first, and He has supported me and helped me succeed.”

Southern’s spiritual focus and quality professors allowed DeLeon to have a great experience. “I’ve created memories here that will last a lifetime,” she says. “My professors were so kind and made me feel welcome. They understood me and helped me achieve my goals within the program.”

On December 14, 2023, DeLeon marched for graduation. Her beaming face reflected her sense of triumph. “I feel very proud because I was able to achieve such a significant goal. This was a big step in my life, and I thank God for all He has done for me to get me to this point.”  

As she moves on to the next phase of her life, DeLeon hopes that prospective ADC students are encouraged by her story. “New students will be able to complete their degrees with the help of God, just like I did. There’s no limit to what He can do if you ask.”

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