Craig Smith graduates from the Degree Completion Program in 2023.

Degree Completion

Craig Smith '23: Inspired by achieving bachelor's degree, he's now enrolled in Executive MBA program


Craig Smith ’23 graduated in May 2023.
Why did you decide to enroll in the Degree Completion Program?
I started college about 22 years ago, but a divorce and sole custody of my then-2-year-old daughter meant I had to make some hard life choices and step back from pursuing a degree at that point. I always wanted to return for my degree, but something was always in my way: red tape, losing too many credits from my previous attempt, etc. During my daughter's first semester at Bellarmine University, I received an email about the Degree Completion Program, and after a 45-minute Zoom call, I knew Bellarmine was suitable for my goals. Knowing I could transfer many of my 120 credits and not start over, I applied that day.
The undergrad degree has already earned me a promotion at my current employer.  
How has your program prepared you to succeed in your field?
The Degree Completion Program at Bellarmine University has given me the desire and tenacity to further my studies. As an admitted graduate student, I will pursue my Executive Master's of Business Administration at Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University in the coming semester. Having plateaued in my field, the degree and advanced degree potential will open many doors soon for me. The undergrad degree has already earned me a promotion at my current employer. 

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