University News

Five Commencement Ceremonies to Celebrate Graduates in 2015

Graduation is an important rite of passage for Strayer University students—it marks the culmination of years of hard work and provides an opportunity for graduates to reflect on their achievements with their families, friends and other supporters.

Associate, bachelor’s and master’s students are eligible to participate in commencement if they are within two courses of completing a degree at the time of the commencement ceremony. To register, or for more information, visit

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Strayer University will celebrate the Class of 2015 at five regional commencement ceremonies.

* The Atlanta and Washington, D.C., ceremonies are limited to the first 1,800 student registrations. These ceremonies will be 3–4 hours.



Strayer University and Join Forces to Launch ‘Strayer Business News’

For more than 120 years, Strayer University has kept pace with dynamic business and industry trends in order to provide working adults with rigorous and relevant academic programs to help them succeed professionally. To further share that expertise, Strayer University has partnered with, the world’s largest English-language news website, to launch ‘Strayer Business News’ on

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Strayer University’s business faculty will work alongside the global team at to offer sponsored business education content, including original expert commentary and career insights, alongside the most up-to-date daily business news stories. It will be a one-stop portal for those looking for business news or to further their business education.

“Our partnership with represents an evolutionary moment for Strayer University,” said Karl McDonnell, president and CEO of Strayer Education Inc. “Today, we are finding new ways to execute on our mission, working directly with employers to identify emerging skills needs and new modes of instruction, while also helping to increase and improve talent recruitment and retention.”

The new business channel will feature the latest breaking business news alongside:

Strayer Business News is now live on and can be found at


Virtual Writing Center Hones Critical Skill

Writing is a central part of Strayer University’s curriculum, and every student is expected to be able to write comprehensively. Whether a student is a finance major or an education major, his or her employer will place an emphasis on writing ability. To serve all students across all disciplines and skill levels, Strayer University created the Virtual Writing Center as one comprehensive resource to serve students in their pursuits of becoming better writers.

The Virtual Writing Center is accessible any time and from anywhere via Blackboard. Students may self-enroll in the site using the following steps:

For more information, or for comments and questions about the Virtual Writing Center, email


Steve Harvey Hosts Strayer University’s “Success Summit”

Strayer University and talk show host Steve Harvey brought together students, alumni and working adults from across the country in a town hall setting to share their personal stories, thoughts, and experiences on success. Harvey led the open and honest discussion, covering four themes:

Pursue Your Own Definition of Success

People have their own unique definition of success and often this definition evolves and can change as life goes on.
Four guests, including BBA student Bobby Rivera, an IT specialist for the United States Marine Corps, spoke about their definition of success and how they are going to achieve it. Rivera already has his dream job, but the nine year veteran wants to earn his degree so he can be at his best for the Marines.

Achieve Balance in Your Life

Understanding all the current demands of people’s lives, as well as the path and experiences that led them to where they are today, will help us help them get to where—or even who—they want to be.
Alicia Banks, MBA student and manager of international trade compliance for a defense contractor, knows about balance. The single mom of three daughters said she worked two jobs while earning an associate and two bachelor’s degrees. She commutes two hours a day and does homework at 4 a.m. on weekends so she can maximize time spent with her daughters.

Overcome Obstacles, Setbacks and Fears

Success is rarely, if ever, something that just happens; you have to work for it and earn it. And often that requires learning how to push through the things (both perceived and real) that may be holding you back.
Guests talked about some of the challenges they have overcome and how they did it. Orlando Perez is an MBA student, a bank branch manager and accountant for his family’s hair salons. He shared that while he comes from a long line of entrepreneurs in Mexico, many of his family members didn’t see the value of higher education. Still, he believes strongly in what he is pursuing.

Share Your Success

Success is not only something to be celebrated, but shared. In fact, many people who succeed also feel a strong personal obligation to “pay it forward” and help inspire and guide others to succeed, too.
Michelle Richie-Osteria, BBA alumna and current MBA student, is chef and food services director at the Peabody Institute. She said she is passionate about empowering young women to pursue their goals, and she works to incorporate disadvantaged young women into her staff.

Watch the full discussion at and then share your success stories on Facebook and Twitter.
@strayerU #StrayerSuccess


New Alumni Website Builds Online Community

Strayer University alumni now have access to a powerful online resource that will connect users around degree program, geographic area or shared interests. The new website uses social features to provide an interactive, engaging experience, and is housed within iCampus, which means former students should feel right at home in a familiar environment.

What to do in the new online alumni community:

To access the new site:

Go to

Once you have logged in: