30 June 2014

Look What This University Did for its Online Military Students

Southern New Hampshire University has recently done something very special for some of its students.

If you were lucky enough to have studied education at a higher level then your graduation ceremony probably meant a lot to you.  It was, after all, the culmination of years of hard work and a way of announcing to the world that you had succeeded in gaining a diploma in your subject area despite any difficulties you may have encountered along the way.

Yet for some people, making it to that significant ceremony is not possible as they are doing something even more important. They are serving their country in its armed forces.  For many of the military students studying online courses at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) it meant that attending their graduation ceremony simply wasn’t going to happen.

So, the university did something rather special for them.  SNHU sent representatives around the world to deliver diplomas to members of the US military community who could not attend their graduation – and it was done as a surprise! Those in receipt of the diploma deliveries had no idea this was going to happen.

When you watch the video above you will see just what a joyful occasions this turned out to be for the lucky four who were visited. They included a sailor on active-duty in Singapore.  He had been provided with a military academic adviser while he had been studying, who offered support and understanding (having been in the forces too). Yet he didn’t bet on SNHU paying him a visit with his diploma.

Ranked 12th on Fast Company’s list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (the only university thereon), SMHU also offers traditional college courses for veterans and service personnel.  However, for these online students, at the apex of their studies, this visit must have been a graduation dream which came true.

If you are on Twitter, like this post and want to show your appreciation of  US military personnel, simply tweet with the hashtag #SNHUsalute