Anthony Johnson was just two days shy of graduation when he deployed with his Army unit. As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Johnson was disappointed his mom would not get to see him walk across the stage. However, he was excited about having earned his degree.

He wrote his advisor at University of Phoenix as he was completing his last course, saying: “This is my last day of class! I don’t get to walk, though, because I’m deploying! Excited to come home to my degree on my desk though! Thank you University of Phoenix for making it possible for someone like me who has a large workload on them.”

Your boss, family members and friends are all potentially affected by your decision to go back to school, so you can’t leave them out of the equation. If they know what they can and can’t expect from you, it will lessen the blow when you’re inevitably less available than you used to be. As you communicate your needs, give them the chance to do the same. Hernandez recommends working together to come up with a schedule that makes the most sense for everyone.

This is my last day of class! I don’t get to walk, though, because I’m deploying! Excited to come home to my degree on my desk though! Thank you University of Phoenix for making it possible for someone like me who has a large workload on them.”

Now a high school teacher, he shares those memories with his students. His message is that “success is possible; all you have to do is try.” He wants to show them that if he could concentrate on his studies and complete his degree while serving overseas in a volatile and unpredictable environment, they can overcome any obstacle they may face in life. Steer is just one of numerous alumni who attended University of Phoenix while deployed overseas with branches of the U.S. military. The University is familiar with accommodating the unique challenges faced by active duty service men and women, veterans and military spouses.

Johnson is just one of many University of Phoenix students in the active and reserve military. The University is familiar and accommodating to the unique challenges faced by active duty service men and women, veterans and military spouses.

The University has 22 locations in states across America and offers online classes to students around the globe. For more information about University of Phoenix and to view the complete catalog, visit phoenix.edu.

More than one million students have earned degrees from University of Phoenix since the school was founded in 1976. The University accepts students who have earned a high school diploma, GED or the equivalent. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org).

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