October 4, 2023
Empower U with Chantell Cooley

Graduates Inspire

Each year I get more and more excited to see our graduates walk across the stage.   Graduation this year is October 24 in Orange Beach, Alabama. It is an exciting time. Graduates get to meet other graduates and build many build lasting relationships. They all have one thing in common and that is “we did it!”

For many students it has been a long journey towards this goal. The majority of students usually transfer in credit that was earned 20-plus years ago when they attempted to start college in their early 20s. By now, many have kids of their own either starting high school or starting college themselves. This challenges many students to push through and show their children that getting a degree can be done.

We are so excited for all our students who have graduated in 2014. If we are not able to see you walk across the stage we wish you much success and for all others who are attending graduation this year, please take time to blog with me your graduation story.

See you at the top!




  1. Sonja Sykes-Minor

    Congratulations to all of the CSU 2014 graduates! I can’t wait to complete my Bachelor’s degree, come to Orange Beach, and walk the stage myself! Chantell, your posts are so inspiring. Keep them coming!

  2. Chris Grady

    I am four classes away from finishing my B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health. I should finish in April 2015. I look forward with excitement to attend CSU graduation ceremony next year. I’m making it a road trip from VA to attend. I hope we have a great guest speaker. I would love to have met Oliver North.

  3. Savina Lewis

    I am only 4 classes away from my B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health. I will be finished in July and walk the stage in Orange Beach, AL, on Oct. 23, 2015 at GRADUATION!!!! I can’t wait to celebrate with the many others who have worked so hard and sacrificed time and energy to achieve their dreams. It will be the beginning of the rest of our lives. It will be whatever we make it! I am super excited!

    1. Chantell Cooley Post author


      We are excited that you are coming to graduation this year. It will be a great experience for you and your family. We are very proud of you!


  4. Chantell Cooley Post author


    We are so excited you are coming to graduation. I am an online student as well I totally understand your excitement! I love your positive outlook! Thank you for believing in CSU to continue your education!