Graduate school was more personal – it was to prove to myself that I could do it.

George Appiah


George Appiah is an Integrated Business Solutions Manager with NAPA Auto Parts, and he opened his own business, Sting & Skye Designs, in 2002. He also participates in clothing drives and is a soccer coach soccer for the Boys & Girls Club. "I hope to inspire children of all ages to strive to be better and to never give up on anything, despite the challenges and adversity they will undoubtedly encounter," he explains.

George often tells the kids to "never let anyone tell you that you can't do something," and he's applied the same philosophy to his life. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University. "My main motivation for completing my undergraduate studies was to prove the people who said I would never graduate wrong. Graduate school was more personal – it was to prove to myself that I could do it." George completed his graduate program in 2009 but chose to delay his commencement and wait for his mother, Mary, to complete her Master’s program so that they could celebrate together.

In April 2011, George, at age 28, and Mary, at age 52, headed to Clinton, Iowa to attend Ashford's commencement ceremony. George said waiting to celebrate with his mother was "well worth it. The setting, scale, and overall ambience was breathtaking."

Since graduating, George says his "confidence has increased tenfold." He will continue to volunteer in his community and run Sting & Skye Designs, and he also hopes to find a position in a government agency.

 Link to Mary’s story

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