Mary Ellen Adkins held the goal of earning her college education for a long time before she was able to complete her degree. Mary Ellen’s primary challenge was her husband’s job, which required them to move every couple of years. “We always moved out of state and that made the tuition costs increase. I knew I wanted better for myself, but I never had the opportunity. Then I started seeing commercials for online schooling.”
In 2005, Mary Ellen found Ashford University. “I decided I should go ahead and enroll right then, or else I never would. After I bit the bullet, I started asking more questions about the school. It turns out that Ashford University used to be called Mount St. Clare. When I enrolled at Ashford, I didn’t quite understand how symbolic and meaningful it was going to be to graduate from this school.”
Mary Ellen’s mother, Wynne Ehrhart, had graduated from Mount St. Clare College with her Associate’s degree in 1954. Explains Mary Ellen, “My mother is my greatest inspiration. Because of her, I was inspired to want more for myself.”
In the spring of 2009, Mary Ellen completed her Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Psychology and Social Science. She returned to Clinton and walked across the stage while her mother applauded in the audience.