These are the stories of Comebackers, adults with some college credit but no degree, and how they made a comeback!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Comebacker Stories

  • Luis Oqendo
    Comebacker
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    Let me start by saying that my journey with Graduate! Philadelphia has been amazing. Graduate! Philadelphia is known for assisting adults in returning back to school. Even though that was not my case they did not turn me away....

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  • Desiree Neal
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    Graduate! Philadelphia Comebacker Desiree Neal is a Philadelphia native who grew up in a family of singers and entertainers, and was destined to be a star in her own right. Some may know her by her...

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  • Emaline Baronofsky
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    Graduate Philadelphia!  Where would I be today if it were not for this organization?

    I was out of work and indecisive of my next course of action. I went to an open house offered by Graduate Philadelphia and...

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  • Kimberly Mitchell
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    My journey began in 1987 when I first started college at Temple University. I was a mediocre student but always felt drawn to the field of communications. As an Advertising major, I enjoyed being creative. However, the...

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  • Janice Saunders
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    The staff at Graduate! Philadelphia as well as the instructors and advisors at Neumann University offered me continuous encouragement, critical positive reviews and rewarding information.  After I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, I changed careers from secretarial/administrative...

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  • Michael Johnson
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    My name is Michael Johnson. I’m a non-traditional, 43-year-old graduating student in the Accelerated Behavioral Health and Science Program at Philadelphia University. It was not an easy decision to come back to school. Balancing family life, a...

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  • Anthony Banks
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    When I told a former co-worker that I would really like to go back to school, she highly recommended the Graduate! Philadelphia program. She told me that they were located near the Gallery mall in center city Philadelphia and...

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  • Rick Himmons
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    “I got tired of working retail so I decided to go back to school and get my bachelors degree.  I want to expand my skills and then be able to put them to good use.

    I was drawn to...

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  • Yvonne Garner
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    I completed my Associates from the Community College of Philadelphia and this fall I’m attending Chestnut Hill College to get my bachelors degree in Human Services. Then I want to continue on to get my masters. Ultimately, I want...

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  • Julia Capece
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    I have been trying to get back to school to complete my degree since 2005. I didn’t know which school to attend, what area to study, or how I would pay for it. All I knew was that I...

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  • Kimberly Lowe
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    I started going to Temple University in 1989 but had to leave to help out at home when my father passed and my mother was ill.  To help with money I took a job as a Philadelphia Corrections...

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  • Keith Colquit
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    I had been unemployed for several years due to a back injury I got from my last (highly paid) job. I took a job as a school janitor to pay the bills, but it was at such low pay,...

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  • Greg Akers
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    “My experience with Graduate Memphis was phenomenal. Without the organization’s assistance, I certainly wouldn’t have a degree. I would not have gotten up the courage to look into going back to school, and the information, advice, and direct introductions...

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  • Karen Ridgle
    Comebacker
    anemptytextlline

    “Graduate Memphis helped me to set some goals for myself that had been put on the back burner. Now I am student at LeMoyne-Owen College with a 3.5 GPA. Since returning to college to pursue my degree in Business...

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