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Joseph Mercado

BA Information Technologies, Class of 2014

"I want to show my daughter how important a solid education is."

Through the support of my company, I have come back to school after a 23-year absence—minus, of course, the occasional training class provided for by previous companies. But this wasn't the main reason for my return. For me, my return is based on my daughter. As she enters her teen years, like most kids her age, she has started to hate school. She is a very bright and beautiful girl. She gets As and Bs in her classes, and her teachers always have wonderful things to say about her. As a proud dad, I don’t want her to lose that passion she has in school. I want to show my daughter how important a solid education is. I also want to show her that if you truly want something, you can achieve it. I hope that when she sees me walking to the podium in my cap and gown receiving my degree, she is as proud of me as I am of her every single day.