TUCSON – When thinking about graduation, we often think of young adults starting their lives.
On May 23, one Tucson mom will not only be graduating college, but she will also be the Commencement Speaker for Pima Community College’s 2019 Graduation Ceremony.
Nicole Werner, 38, began her education at Pima Community College four years ago after her marriage was ending and her youngest child was starting kindergarten.
Werner is a mother of four and will be receiving an Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts (Psychology concentration) and an Arizona General Education Curriculum-Arts Certification.
“I felt it was time for me to start school,” said Werner. “I was feeling unsure about who I was and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. My thought was that if I just continued to take small steps forward I’d get it all figured out.”
Werner is admired for her perseverance. She was able to get her degree, despite managing anxiety, depression and working three jobs, the college said.
“On top of that, she took responsibility for her ex-husband’s medical care after a car accident, traveled home to Philadelphia to be with her dying mother as she was taken of life support, and experienced the death of two of her grandparents,” a spokesperson with PCC said.
Werner is set to begin her psychology major at the University of Arizona this fall.
More about Pima’s 2019 Graduation Ceremony:
A total of 3,818 Pima Community College students have graduated or are candidates for graduation at the May ceremony.
The oldest graduate is 75 and is a candidate for an Associate General Studies in spring 2019. The youngest is 14 and is a candidate for the Arizona General Education Curriculum Certificate-Arts (AGEC-A), also in spring 2019.
The ceremony will start at 7 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center Arena, located at 260 S. Church Avenue.