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Veronica's Journey from Scholarship to Graduation [Photo Story]

Veronica Rodriguez and the text Veronica Rodriguez ’18, BS in Accounting, Southern New Hampshire University.

When SNHU visited Los Angeles in March 2016, most people thought it was simply to open a mini-pitch at Andrew Jackson Elementary School with the L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer. But SNHU President Paul LeBlanc had a surprise.

Veronica Rodriguez, then an office assistant at the school, was given a full-tuition scholarship to study accounting online. Earning her degree was a dream for Rodriguez.

Group of students and staff from Andrew Jackson Elementary School and LA Galaxy players on a new mini-pitch

"Once I finish, I'll be the first college graduate (in my family) which would be very meaningful to me and my mom and my dad," she said. "I want to go above and beyond. Success is very important to me."

Veronica Rodriguez hugging her father

Veronica Rodriguez with SNHU President Paul LeBlanc.  

Rodriguez earned her degree in 2018 but had another surprise coming. SNHU invited her and 150 other recent graduates in southern California to a graduation celebration at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in early June, to celebrate their college degrees.

Veronica Rodriguez

Rodriguez said she's changed since she began working toward her degree two years ago. It was hard, she said, but well worth the effort.

"I learned to be more responsible and committed to what I wanted," she said.

Veronica Rodriguez with her father.

Rodriguez's father, Miguel, said he was happy to watch his daughter become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

"We're proud of her," he said. "Watching her do this ... really made us feel good. No one is pushing her. She really wanted to do it. She's come a long way."

Joe Cote is a staff writer at Southern New Hampshire University. Follow him on Twitter @JoeCo2323.

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