DEAC Outstanding Graduates

DEAC Outstanding Graduates

About AAU’s DEAC Outstanding Graduates

Each year, we choose one graduate for the distinction of DEAC Outstanding Graduate, a program sponsored by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. As a participant, we recognize a student who has achieved success through distance education.

2014 DEAC Outstanding Graduate

Shulamit Irish

Shulamit (Shelly) Irish graduated Summa Cum Laude in November 2012 from Allied American University with a Certificate in Medical Administrative Assisting. She did all this while being a full-time mother and military spouse to a 10-year Marine Corps service member.

Shelly started her educational journey because she wanted to further her education and prepare for her future career in the health sciences as a nurse. Throughout her studies, Shelly demonstrated her commitment to her education by regularly engaging her instructors and student advisor, as well as earning perfect grades so she could graduate with honors.

Completing her certificate in Medical Administrative Assisting gave her the necessary understanding to explain the recent changes to U.S. healthcare laws to her friends and family. Currently, Shelly and her family are awaiting military orders so that they can move, after which she will be enrolling in her nursing program.

“Being that this was my first time taking online courses, I found that the instructors were very responsive, which made AAU a convenient way to obtain my certificate.”

2013 DEAC Outstanding Graduate

Harold Sebastian

Harold Sebastian graduated Magna Cum Laude in November 2010 from Allied American University with an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies, while serving actively in the United States Navy. Owing to his strong academic performance, Harold was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Tau International Society in March 2011.

After retiring from military service in March 2012, Harold earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude in September 2012. Harold’s successful scholastic experience through Allied American University’s online degree programs gave him the confidence and a renewed optimism to transition from military to civilian life.

A devoted husband and father or two adorable children, Harold is currently a staff member of the Office of Policies and International Affairs for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.

“The flexibility of distance learning provides the opportunity to career military service members, such as myself, for advanced education possibilities anytime, anywhere.”

2012 DEAC Outstanding Graduate

Sergeant First Class Paul Fisk

Sergeant First Class Paul Fisk graduated Cum Laude in June 2011 from Allied American University with an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies.

Paul has been an active duty military service member for over 20 years, and has not been able to follow through with his educational goals until recently. As a result, he has been able to continue his full time career with the military while simultaneously achieving his degree.

Paul is currently seeking to further his education with Allied American University, and earn a Bachelor’s degree, while continuing his work as an active duty military service member.

"Allied American University’s online classroom instruction was quite easy to follow, yet challenging in subject matter. I thoroughly enjoyed the past year of instruction, and look forward to completing my education with Allied American University in the near future."

2011 DEAC Outstanding Graduate

Senior Master Sergeant William E. Miller II

Senior Master Sergeant William E. Miller II is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force. He currently serves as the 35th Fighter Wing Deputy Inspector General at Misawa Air Base, Japan. He is married to Mary Helen Marie Miller and they have three children, Cody (15), Preston (13), and Olivia is 5 years old. They have been stationed in Japan since June 2004.

Sergeant Miller successfully completed 15 classes relating to his AAU Criminal Justice degree in eight months with an overall 3.98 GPA, resulting in him graduating with honors.

"Even though I have served my country for almost twenty-five years, it was always a goal for me to complete my Bachelor’s degree for both my own self fulfillment of bettering myself for my country, but more importantly to be a role model for higher education for my children.

I really enjoyed the on-line education environment that AAU provided to me and could not be happier with the personal assistance I received from my academic counselor, Mr. Khalid Hoqoq. AAU has empowered me to be more confident and knowledgeable in my current job where my Criminal Justice degree enhances my capabilities of performing to my highest potential possible."

2010 DEAC Outstanding Graduate

Sergeant Henry Moultrie, Jr.

Allied American University (AAU) is proud to announce that Henry Moultrie Jr., a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force, has been recognized as the university’s 2009 Outstanding Graduate. Henry received this award for his stellar academic performance and commitment to pursuing his Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies, while also maintaining important military and family responsibilities.

As an active duty service member, Henry’s top priority was his position as an Aerospace Propulsion Mechanic at McChord Air Force Base, where he supervised a team of 24 individuals working on cargo planes. In addition to his military career, Henry is a husband and father to three young boys. Free time was a rare commodity for Henry; yet, his desire to ensure a brighter future for his family led him to purse his degree at Allied American University, an online, military friendly university.

"My reasons for taking college classes are to advance in my military career and to obtain the knowledge and skills required that will assist me in the transition to a civilian lifestyle after the Air Force," said Henry. "I would like to someday use my degree to become a CEO or a top manager at a company, or if given the chance, to start my own business."

While maintaining military duties and attending to his family’s needs, Henry successfully completed his online associate degree in only 12 months. He transferred 45 college credits that he had accumulated from military training and other universities over the years.

"Out of the different schools that I have attended, Allied is by far the best with its user-friendly Web interface and the support of a student advisor who tracks my progress and assists me with any needs that arise," said Henry.

AAU understands that being an active duty service member with important military duties is a 24-hour operation. That’s why the university offers a military friendly education that empowers service members with the resources they need to pursue a higher education.

AAU benefits include 100% online courses with worldwide access, transfer credit for military training, textbook grants, and personalized support. Service members are encouraged to utilize their military Tuition Assistance benefits and military spouses are welcome to use MyCAA benefits.

"Allied American University has made it very easy for me to achieve my education needs with online classes," said Henry. "I have learned much from all the opportunities that are available with AAU."

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