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Pfeiffer celebrates adult graduates statewide during summer ceremony Aug. 7

Students from Charlotte, RTP and university's statewide programs receive well-earned diplomas

Pfeiffer University will salute and celebrate approximately 500 adult students who have completed programs in the Schools of Graduate and Adult Studies during its annual summer commencement. Due to expected large crowds, the university will host two separate ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on the Misenheimer campus on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Degrees representing 16 academic disciplines will be conferred upon Pfeiffer's summer graduates, who are among the more than 7.5 million adult students classified as the fastest growing educational demographic. According to a report conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, students over the age of 25 are earning their college degrees at a record rate, despite the many tremendous sacrifices required in order to balance other responsibilities while pursuing their degrees.

 â€œAdult learners have to face immense challenges and overcome adversities many younger students do not. With family, work, civic and other obligations, earning a degree can be very challenging,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We celebrate our adult graduates and have learned these ceremonies are equally important to them as they are to the 20-somethings. They all deserve tremendous recognition for their hard work and commitment.”

Doors will open at 9 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, which will consist of the following groups and majors:

The School of Graduate School Studies:

• All Charlotte-based business degrees
• Marriage and Family Therapy
• Mecklenburg County Cohort & Law Enforcement Team MBA
• Enforcement Team MBA
• Christian Education
• Elementary Education

The School of Adult Studies:
• All degrees except Business Administration

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony, which will consist of the following groups and majors:

The School of Graduate Studies:

• All Raleigh-based business degrees
• Cohort groups and business degrees
• All online majors

The School of Adult Studies:
• All Business Administration degrees

Graduates are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the service. For additional information about the August commencement, click here or call Dr. Chris Boe at (704) 945-7352 or email

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.

Media contact: NatashaA. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or

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