Jan Emory, left, presents a framed diploma June 27 to Star Lowrey-LaGrone, pictured together with her husband, Toby, and youngsters, Atlas and Aspen, at her Fort Smith dwelling.
Star Lowrey-LaGrone held her new child on one hip and her toddler on the opposite hip as a photographer documented a diploma-presentation occasion beside the U of A’s RazorBug on June 27. She earned her Grasp of Science in Nursing diploma by learning on-line.
Lowrey-LaGrone’s dwelling in Fort Smith was the primary cease on the River Valley leg of the RazorBug Diploma Tour this summer season. The tour celebrates the success of scholars in on-line diploma packages.
Jan Emory, affiliate professor of nursing within the Eleanor Mann College of Nursing on the U of A, traveled from her dwelling in Oklahoma to current the framed diploma for Lowrey-LaGrone. Toby LaGrone stood by his spouse’s facet for pictures, simply as he has supported her whereas she took on-line courses, cared for his or her rising household and taught well being programs at Western Arkansas Technical Middle and within the allied well being program on the College of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Child Atlas was born 5 days after U of A’s spring graduation, however his impending beginning did not cease Lowrey-LaGrone from strolling at commencement. Possibly that is as a result of Aspen, who will flip 2 years previous in a few weeks, retains her mom on her toes.
“I used to be decided I used to be going to do it,” Lowrey-LaGrone stated about attending the commencement ceremony. “After I began nursing college, I did not know precisely what I needed to do, however nursing schooling is an effective match. I’ve two bachelor’s levels and 5 minors. I am a lifelong learner. I really like being a pupil and a trainer.”
She is planning to take a 12 months off from academe earlier than beginning her doctorate, nonetheless.
U of A college and employees members traveled all through south Arkansas and the River Valley prior to now two weeks within the RazorBug Diploma Tour to current diplomas to among the latest graduates who earned levels in on-line packages. The RazorBug is a transformed purple Volkswagen Beetle that sports activities a Razorback snout, tail and razor-edged backbone. It has been used for recruitment and particular occasions since 2005.
Lowrey-LaGrone was a first-generation school pupil – sort of, for a short while anyway. Her most up-to-date diploma is her nursing grasp’s, which she earned learning on-line, however when she acquired her bachelor’s diploma, she began one semester earlier than her mom additionally began a bachelor’s diploma. Now, Lowrey-LaGrone and her mother each have grasp’s levels, in nursing and educating, respectively.
“We graduated on the similar time for our bachelor’s levels, after which we acquired our grasp’s levels on the similar time,” she stated. “We have been first-generation collectively.”
Greater than 440 college students who studied in on-line diploma packages utilized for commencement from the U of A in Could. Lowrey-LaGrone cited connection when requested what she thought of necessary in a web based diploma program.
“It is necessary to discover a program that you’re going to be snug with, the place there’s quite a lot of assist from the school,” she stated. “It is necessary to do quite a lot of analysis beforehand, and it is necessary to have that connection.”
Finding out on-line was a should for her in order that she might effectively handle her time between college, work and household, she stated. Preparations for scientific hours have been a little bit difficult, she stated, each due to COVID-19 and the truth that there’s an osteopathic medication school in Fort Smith with college students who additionally want scientific hours.
“I had lots going with the infants and educating, and we hosted two highschool international change college students, too,” she stated. “Life will be loopy, however you are able to do it.”
The RazorBug Diploma Tour was organized by the U of A’s World Campus. The World Campus works with educational schools to supply greater than 75 on-line diploma, certificates, microcertificate and licensure packages. For extra details about U of A ONLINE, please go to on-line.uark.edu.